Allman Brothers Drummer Butch Trucks Shot Himself in Front of His Wife

Earlier this week, we heard of the death of Allman Brothers co-founder and drummer Butch Trucks, a story that was covered all the way up to the suppertime network news shows. Because he was 69 and a veteran of a hard-rockin’ and hard-livin’ band, few people gave much thought to why he may have died. The answer seems to be “unnaturally.”

According to various law enforcement records, Trucks shot himself with a pistol in front of his wife on Tuesday night in West Palm Beach home.  From PageSix.com:

The wife called 911 to frantically report that her “husband just shot himself” with a pistol.

That call for help came at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday from the couple’s waterfront Villa Del Lago condo complex. The 911 call identified the victim as “Claude,” Trucks’ given name.

The legendary drummer, 69, had been dogged by financial woes for years, The Mail reported, citing local court records.

In 2011, Trucks sold his Palm Beach home for $2 million — even though it might have been worth twice that — perhaps to settle an $800,000 mortgage.

The condo where he died Tuesday was purchased for $500,000 in 2014.

The IRS last year filed a pair of liens against that condo, looking for Trucks to pay $540,000 in back taxes from 2013 and 2014.

The full story here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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