Gregg Allman gets a new liver, plans to release a new album
Gregg Allman, co-founder of the legendary Southern rock group the Allman Brothers, has just undergone a successful liver transplant. The rocker, who had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, was famously once married to Cher.
"I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened," Allman, 62, said on his website. "Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they've just all been great. All I can really say is 'thanks.'"
Allman underwent treatment for Hepatitis C in 2007. The virus caused chronic damage to his liver and he was put on a waiting list for a new liver. He finally received the happy news that they had a donor on Tuesday (June 22) and he had the op the next day.
"He's psyched to put this time of his life behind him and have a chance again to feel really healthy and good, and hopefully live for many more years to come," his manager Michael Lehman tells the Associated Press.
"I changed my ways years ago," Allman said. "But we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."
Allman plans to be back touring in November and will release a new album soon. Move over, Bret Michaels.
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