The Allman Brothers Band's co-founder, Dickey Betts, passed away at the age of 80.

Guitarist and Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts died, according to a family statement released with CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.  

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” the statement reads.   

The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch died today at his Osprey, FL, home surrounded by his family.   

Dickey was huge, and his absence will be felt worldwide.   

The family requests prayers and privacy in the coming days at this difficult time.  

When appropriate, more information will be provided.”  

David Spero, Betts' manager, informed Rolling Stone the guitarist had cancer and COPD.  

Betts, from West Palm Beach, Florida, was influenced by bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.  

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