Guitarist Dan Toler, known best for his stint with the Allman Brothers Band, died Monday in his Sarasota, Florida home. Toler was reportedly in his early 60s and suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Toler was part of the Allman Brothers Band from 1979 to 1982 and was featured on the group's albums "Enlightened Rogues," "Reach for the Sky," and "Brothers of the Road."Toler and his late brother, drummer David "Frankie" Toler, played in several groups, including Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
Toler first announced his ALS diagnosis in 2011.
No cure has yet been found for ALS. According to the National Institutes of Health, the drug riluzole, which is the only prescribed drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat ALS, may prolong life by two to three months, but does not relieve symptoms.
To support ALS research, or to learn more about the disease, visit the ALS Association website.