One of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, and the sole writer of their hit song “Ramblin’ Man,” is in need of our prayers.
According to The Herald Tribune, and confirmed by his longtime manager David Spero, the legendary Dickey Betts has been hospitalized after a freak accident at the Sarasota County home he shares with his wife on Monday (Sep 17).
Spero said the rock legend “went out to their backyard on Little Sarasota Bay and while playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain.”
Betts is currently at the hospital – sedated – and is “listed as in critical but stable condition,” and has brain surgery scheduled for Friday (Sep 21) to relieve swelling.
This fall, hospitalization, and surgery comes a month or so after Betts suffered what was described as a minor stroke and had to cancel several tour dates. The Dickey Betts Band posted on Facebook on September 14th that he was ready to go back out on the road and rescheduled the shows he had to cancel.
Those dates will now be cancelled as well so Betts can heal.
“It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1,” Betts’ manager said. “It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers.”
The Allman Brothers Band sent their prayers to their founding member on Facebook, writing, “Prayers for brother Dickey.”
Betts is surrounded by his wife Donna and his children.
“The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time. Dickey is a notorious fighter and he is displaying that now!” Donna said.
We will keep Dickey and his family in our prayers! We wish him a speedy recovery.