On Feb. 26, 2013, Dan Toler died in his sleep, as reported at Dangerous Dan Toler Facebook page: "It is with great regret and sadness that our dear friend and loved one, Dan Toler, passed away peacefully last night in his sleep." The page also reports that a "Celebration of Life" for Dan Toler will be held on Mar. 9 at a church in Sarasota, Fla.
The 64-year-old, who was a guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band from 1979 to 1982, succumbed to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A HelpDanToler.com site was launched for the guitarist as he struggled with the condition. Toler was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. As reported at HelpDanToler.com, ALS "affects the central nervous system, making it difficult for the brain's messages to get to muscles."
"His ability to make people laugh and feel good and happy was amazing," friend and former band mate Chaz Trippy said. "That smile of his is just a force of life and, God, how he loved playing that guitar." Toler appeared on The Allman Brothers Band albums "Enlightened Rogues," "Reach for the Sky," and "Brothers of the Road."
HelpDanToler.com asserts that although Toler's guitar playing had not suffered, his body was struggling to keep up. In later years, after the success of The Allman Brothers Band, Toler teamed up with John Townsend to form the Toler/Townsend Band. They released a Toler/Townsend Band CD.
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