Gregg Allman passed away on Saturday, May, 27, 2017. The 69-year-old musician had battled liver cancer and died following complications from the disease. His longtime manager, Michael Lehman, confirmed the news, adding that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia, and was “surrounded by his family and friends” at the time of his death.
Allman was married six times, but his most famous relationship was with iconic singer, Cher. The two wed in 1975 and divorced three years later.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Cher Released a Brief Statement Following His Death
“I’ve tried … words are impossible, Gui Gui. Forever, Chooch,” Cher tweeted shortly after news of Allman’s death went public. She also tweeted the following photo of her and her ex-husband.
2. Allman & Cher Had 1 Son Together
Elijah Blue Allman is the only son of Cher and Gregg Allman. He inherited his parents’ talent and love for music and is a member of the heavy metal group Deadsy. Elijah Allman is the singer of the group and also the lead guitarist.
3. Cher Married Allman Days After Her Divorce From Bono
Cher made headlines for marrying Allman just days after her divorce from Sonny Bono. Two weeks later, the two separated. However, Cher learned that she was pregnant with Allman’s child, causing the two to give their love another go.
The two met and fell in love quickly, but their relationship has often been referred to as “rocky.”
“She smelled like I would imagine a mermaid would smell,” Allman wrote about Cher in his memoir, “My Cross to Bear.”
Despite their tumultuous relationship that made tabloid headlines every other week,
“Nobody ever made me feel as happy as Gregory did … he’s wonderful. I don’t understand why he can’t see it. He’s the kindest, most gentle, loving husband and father. But then, he forgets and everything goes to shit,” Cher told People Magazine in 1978.
4. They Recorded Two the Hard Way Together in 1977
Two the Hard Way was released was recorded under the name ”Allman and Woman.”
5. Cher & Allman Divorced in 1979
Although they tried to make things work on numerous occasions, Cher and Allman ended up splitting for good in 1979. The two seemed to have a great respect for each other, but their love wasn’t meant to last.
According to Entertainment Weekly, there were a variety of problems that contributed to the demise of their relationship. Not only did Cher have a hard time with Allman’s addiction issues, but the outlet seemed to dance around some jealousy issues Allman had when it came to Cher working with her ex-husband, Sonny Bono. This caused the couple to split the first time.
“Cher had found that Allman’s heroin and liquor problems were too much for her to handle. When she called him to say it was over, she later said, ‘He was so high he didn’t even understand me,’ according to J. Randy Taraborrelli’s bio Cher. Allman dried out and won her back within a month,” reported Entertainment Weekly.
The two rekindled their romance only to split again.
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“There was no future for us because she has that constant paranoia of (my) going back to alcohol,” Allman said.
Gregg Allman’s Wives: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Rock icon Gregg Allman has died. He was married seven times and had five children. Learn about his marriages here.
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