Legendary southern rocker Gregg Allman to be laid to rest

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That's music journalist Amanda Petrusich joining us from her home in Brooklyn, N.Y., talking about musician Gregg Allman, who died today at the age of 69 in Savannah, Ga.Allman "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia", a statement on the singer's website read Saturday.Allman was a onetime Tampa Bay-area resident, living in Anna Maria Island for about six years.

Following the ceremony, thousands of fans lined the route between the funeral home and Rose Hill Cemetery, according to ABC TV affiliate WGXA in Macon. After Duane's death, The Allman Brothers Band became a solo act for the late musician.

Cher, who was briefly married to Allman in the '70s and has a son, Elijah Blue, with the singer, tweeted, "Gregory's children are wonderful".

The Saturday afternoon service is private, with only about 100 people expected to attend inside a small chapel.

Steaming video on social media showed Sarasota County resident and co-founding Allman Brothers Band member and Sarasota County resident Dickey Betts walking to the cemetery with his son, Duane Betts, and manager, David Spero. The Allman Brothers Band played several fundraisers when Carter successfully ran for president in 1976. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter confirmed he would attend Friday, noting the help of the Allman Brothers Band's fundraising concerts during his successful presidential campaign of 1975-76.

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The Southern rock pioneer died May 27 at the age of 69 after a long battle with liver cancer.

With Gregg at the organ and Duane playing guitar, the band began its rise to fame in the central Georgia city 90 miles south of Atlanta about five decades ago.

In his 2012 memoir, "My Cross to Bear", Allman said he finally felt "brand new" in the 1990s after years of overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol.

Guests were asked specifically by Allman's longtime manager Michael Lehman to dress casually, specificially in jeans.

"He was looking forward to sharing it with the world and that dream is going to be realized", Lehman said.

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