Dan Toler dies: Allman Brothers guitarist was 64
Dan Toler, a guitarist known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band, died in his home in Sarasota, Florida, on Monday, February 25, after battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Toler's death was announced in a post on his Facebook page on Monday.
"It is with great regret and sadnesss that our dear friend and loved one, Dan Toler, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. Future service to be announced. Please keep Debbie [his wife] and the family in your prayers," the post said. "We would also ask at this time that you would respect the family's privacy. The Toler family thanks you for all your love and support."
Toler, who was nicked named "Dangerous Dan," first gained notoriety with his brother David in the late 1970s with the group Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
He was a member of The Allman Brothers Band from 1978 to 1982 and his work was featured on albums like "Enlightened Rogues," "Reach for the Sky" and "Brothers of the Road," according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. The newspaper states that Toler was 64 at the time of his death.
Dan and David Toler, who died in 2011, later became members of the Gregg Allman Band. The two contributed to the albums "I'm No Angel" and "Just Before the Bullets Fly." The siblings also recorded music in the 1990s as The Toler Bros.
Dan Toler first announced he had been diagnosed with ALS in August 2011, the newspaper reports. He is "survived by his wife Debbie, their daughter Danielle Franz, her husband Dan and his mother-in-law Louise Rose," according to his official website.
Sarasota Herald Tribune also reports that a celebration of his life will occur on March 9 in Sarasota.