Top Rock Band Drummer Commits Suicide


A man who was considered as one of the top ten drummers in rock history took his own life last week, as his wife screamed over the phone in a horrifying 911 call.

Butch Trucks, 69, was the drummer for Allman Brothers Band, died January 24 of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Trucks wife, Melinda Trucks, called 911 at 6:02 pm, screaming, “My husband just shot himself! My husband just shot himself!”    She had reportedly witnessed the shooting.

The DailyMail reported that the couple had been married for over 25 years, and seemed to be having financial problems.   In 2011, they had to sell their Palm Beach home to help pay off a $800,000 mortgagee.  The home sold for $2 million, but was reportedly worth at least twice that much.

The couple were living in their waterfront condo in West Palm Beach, where Trucks died.  They had been forced to pay a total of $540,000 in taxes to the IRS last year, for taxes due from 2013 and 2014.

Allman Bros Band 1

Trucks joined Gregg and Duane Allman to form the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1960’s, and their group became extremely popular in the 1970’s.  Throughout the years, the band had split apart and then reunited three times.  Their latest union lasted from 1999 to 2014.

Trucks had started a new group, the Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, and the group was scheduled for additional shows this spring.

He had reportedly struggled with drug and alcohol problems.

The DailyMail has released a copy of the 911 recording, which has been heavily edited, but is disturbing, nonetheless.

In 2012, Butch Trucks published the following video with instructions on how to play “Whipping Post” on the drums.

H/T: The Daily Mail

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