The Allman Brothers & More Musicians Mourn the Death of Guitarist Dickey Betts

The music world lost a legend on Thursday morning (April 18) when Allman Brothers Band co-founder and singer-guitarist Dickey Betts died at 80 years old, following a battle with cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) at the age of 80 years old,” his family announced on his Instagram account. “The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch was at his home in Osprey, Florida, surrounded by his family. Dickey was larger than life, and his loss will be felt worldwide. At this difficult time, the family asks for prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.”

The Allman Brothers also posted a statement to their website mourning the death of their former bandmate, writing in part, “His extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock. He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing. Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

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The statement concludes, “Play on Brother Dickey, you will be forever remembered and deeply missed.”

Following the news of Betts passing, musicians took to social media to commemorate his stamp on the music industry. See below.