Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesABC Radio has now received confirmation about the details surrounding founding Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks‘ death on January 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. According to an investigation report obtained from the West Palm Beach police department, Trucks apparently committed suicide using a handgun and was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m. ET that day.
A separate report reveals that Trucks’ wife witnessed the tragic incident, and that Butch was still breathing when officers first arrived at his residence.
In addition, ABC Radio has obtained audio from the 911 call that Trucks’ wife placed following the shooting. During the harrowing call, his wife is heard screaming hysterically while informing the dispatcher that her husband had shot himself. Mrs. Trucks also asks the dispatcher if she should call a hospital, but is told that police and paramedics were on their way. The voice of a man believed to be Butch’s son also is heard on the call.
Trucks was 69 when he died. He played with the Allman Brothers from the band’s 1969 inception until its 2014 breakup. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the group in 1995.
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