Gregg Allman laid to rest

Gregg Allman
FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Gregg Allman performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York.Jason Aldean, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are among several country music stars who will pay tribute to Southern rocker Gregg Allman at the CMT Music Awards on June 7. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

MACON (AP) – Legendary Southern rocker Gregg Allman has been laid to rest near his older brother Duane in Macon, Georgia, not far from Highway 41.

Thousands of fans lined the streets Saturday to honor the “Ramblin Man,” who was carried into Rose Hill Cemetery as a bagpiper played a somber tune. Family and friends, including musicians who joined the keyboardist in the Allman Brothers Band over the years, gathered on a hillside overlooking his grave, which is shaded by huge oak trees.

Saturday afternoon’s funeral ceremony was private and held in a small chapel. Mourners included Allman’s ex-wife, Cher and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Gregg Allman died May 27 in Savannah, Georgia, at age 69.

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