Gregg Allman, leader of influential rock group The Allman Brothers Band, and a pioneer of the genre of ‘southern rock’ has passed away, at the age of 69.

As Rolling Stone reports, Allman passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years,” the post said. “During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

Allman’s career began in the early ’60s, playing as a member of various bands in America’s south. He formed The Allman Brothers Band with his brother Duane in 1969. Although Duane passed away in 1971, Gregg continued the band with various lineups sporadically¬†until 2014, when the band broke for a final time.

Gregg Allman, along with the rest of The Allman Brothers Band were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, celebrating their legacy, and cementing their place in rock history forever.

Allman is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his five children, and three grandchildren.