Ron Pownall/Getty ImagesMichael Lehman managed Gregg Allman‘s career from 2004 until the singer’s death on Saturday due to complications from liver cancer, and he says Allman was involved in new music up until the end.

As it became clear that Allman was dying, “[W]e started talking about preserving his legacy, and especially the new record, Southern Blood — that made him light up,” Lehman tells Variety.

Allman began work on the album more than a year ago with producer Don Was in the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Lehman confirms that Allman was “struggling a little with the recurrence of his liver cancer,” but worked around his health problems.

For the album, Allman worked with Jackson Browne on “A Song for Adam,” saying Browne was one of Allman’s closest friends in the rock business, going back to when both were teenagers. Lehman says, “Very close to the end, he and Jackson were in communication a lot because they were working on ‘A Song for Adam,’ and Jackson wanted to be there for Gregg.”

Lehman says that in the end, Allman was at peace. “We cancelled dates when we had to but we ended up playing through October,” he says. “We’d hoped to get through the end of the year but he’d had another bout of pneumonia and other respiratory ailments. But for good or bad, he got to be home and relax, even though his true passion was being on the road.”

“He’d listen to music, read books, see his kids, he got married to Shannon in February so he was able to take advantage of that time with her and being at his house, sitting by the pool, playing with his dogs,” Lehman says. “And thank goodness he did not suffer at the end, he died peacefully at home.”

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