Allman Brothers drummer fatally shot himself in front of wife

Amos Herrera
January 30, 2017

The death of Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has been ruled a suicide.

The incident is still under investigation, though The West Palm Beach Police Department told Fox News that "foul play is not suspected".

Daily Mail reports that an unknown woman called 911 at 6:02 PM hysterically and that the dispatched officers noted that Butch's wife Melinda Trucks saw him shoot himself.

The caller used Trucks' real first name, Claude, when she identified the victim. Melinda called 911 at approximately 6PM on January 24, and police reports say that the 69-year-old musician was still breathing when emergency technicians got to the scene, but died just shortly after their arrival.

However, the dispatcher later concluded the call with a "Signal 7", which is a code to indicate someone has died.

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The dispatcher then radioed the half-dozen cars responding that Trucks' wife, painterMelinda Trucks, and a son were waiting for police in the hallway outside the condo. The IRS files two liens against Trucks' condo in 2013 and 2014 after claiming that he owed roughly $540,000 in taxes.

And though the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy on the body, the results won't be known, definitively, for another few weeks.

A consummate Floridian, Trucks was born in the Jacksonville area and, by age 8, played drums with local bands. The Allman Brothers Band were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2012 and past year, Rolling Stone named Trucks (and Jaimoe) the 71st greatest drummer of all time.

The West Palm Beach Sheriff's Office released an official statement about Trucks' death, and made clear that nothing but suicide was being considered as his cause of death.

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