Allman Brothers Drummer Butch Trucks' Death Ruled a Suicide

Butch Trucks
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Butch Trucks at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

The Allman Brothers Band co-founder Butch Trucks' death on Tuesday was a suicide, according to police records. 

The Miami Herald reported the news, citing records showing the 69-year-old drummer shot himself in the head with a pistol inside his condo in West Palm Beach. The event reportedly played out while Trucks' wife of 25 years, painter Melinda Trucks, stood nearby. There is no foul play suspected. 

The police records included a transcript of Melinda Trucks' call to police around 6 p.m. local time that was described as "hysterical," as she struggled to speak in complete sentences. 

Although Butch Trucks was reportedly breathing when police arrived, he passed away soon after. Currently the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office is performing an autopsy, the results of which won't be known for weeks. 

Billboard reached out to Butch Trucks' publicist for comment but did not hear back at time of publishing. 


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