Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler has died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to a Feb. 26 Reuters report. Toler died at his home in Saratosa, Florida, on Monday, his manager Glen Halverson said, adding that funeral arrangements were pending.
Toler played with the Allman Brothers from 1979-82. He was featured on the group's albums “Enlightened Rogues,” “Reach for the Sky” and “Brothers of the Road,” according to Reuters. In 2011, he announced that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The Inquisitr reports that Toler was looking forward to more years of playing the guitar after his diagnosis, telling a local paper “I do not know how long I have and actually none of us do, but I would say my chances are slim … Right now I still have good use of my arms and hands and hopefully will have for a few years, if I’m lucky.”
Toler’s former bandmate and friend Chaz Trippy pays tribute to his late friend, telling the Sarasota Herald Tribune, “His ability to make people laugh and feel good and happy was amazing. That smile of his is just a force of life and, God, how he loved playing that guitar.”
He was in his early 60s, according to Halverson.
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