Taylor Hill/FilmMagicShocking details have emerged about the death of founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks, who according to police records obtained by The Miami Herald, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol. The documents report that Trucks’ wife, Melinda, was near the 69-year-old musician when the tragic incident occurred Tuesday at the couple’s condo in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Authorities told the paper that Trucks’ death was still under investigation, but that foul play was not suspected. Meanwhile, according to the transcript of a 911 call, officers were dispatched to the Trucks’ condo after a hysterical woman called the West Palm Beach police and said her husband had shot himself. When police arrived at the residence, Melinda Trucks and a son were waiting in the hallway outside the condo. The article says that Butch was still breathing when officers found him, but he died seconds later.
The Miami Herald also reveals that an autopsy was performed on Wednesday by the Palm Beach County medical examiner’s office, but it will be weeks before results will be known.
Trucks was a member of The Allman Brothers Band from its 1969 inception until the group’s 2014 breakup. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1995. In recent years, Trucks had been playing with an Allman Brothers spinoff group called Les Brers, as well as with Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band.
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