'Ramblin Man' Gregg Allman buried near Hwy 41

'Ramblin Man' Gregg Allman buried near Hwy 41

Cher paid her respects to her ex-husband, Gregg Allman, at his funeral on Saturday.

Some of the fans drove from as far as the south side of Chicago to say goodbye. The memorial service was private, though fans were invited to line the route of the funeral procession to Rose Hill Cemetery, where the Southern rock singer-songwriter was to be laid to rest near his brother and former bandmate, guitarist Duane Allman. He was interred at Macon's Rose Hill Cemetery, where his brother Duane - who died in 1971 as a result of a motorcycle crash - is also buried. Also in attendance were many former bandmates and friends, his ex-wife, Cher and former president Jimmy Carter. Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, said he died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones after a recurrence of liver cancer. Gregg Allman was better known than I was at that time.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., Allman was raised in Florida by a single mother. The Allman Brothers Band played several fundraisers when Carter successfully ran for president in 1976. Together they formed the heart of The Allman Brothers Band.

In his 2012 memoir, "My Cross to Bear", Allman said he finally felt "brand new" in the 1990s after years of overindulging in women, drugs and alcohol.

The "Whipping Post" singer was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent an organ transplant in 2010. The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House planned a street party in honor of Gregg Allman for Saturday night in Macon.

Allman died May 27 in his home in Savannah at the age of 69.

"He said the last few days he was just, you know, tired", Lehman said. The album is scheduled to be released in the fall.

"He was looking forward to sharing it with the world and that dream is going to be realized", Lehman told the Associated Press.

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