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Allman Brothers Band Member Rushed To Hospital After "Freak Accident"

It's been a rough end of summer for Dickey Betts, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

The guitarist, who has been performing with his own Dickey Betts Band after a nearly five-year hiatus, suffered a stroke in August.

It was unclear when Betts experienced the stroke, but he was diagnosed with "post-stroke repercussions," forcing him to cancel the remainder of his tour.

"Yesterday, after describing to his physicians certain post-stroke repercussions, he was strongly advised to give himself more time to recuperate,” read a statement on his website. “Doctors have assured Betts that after three to five weeks he will be 100 percent recovered and can resume his touring schedule."

"Dickey really regrets that he can’t be there for his fans,” his manager and longtime friend David Spero added. "But he has to take care of his health first."

Over the last few weeks, Betts was starting to feel like himself again, and was set to get back on tour in November. Unfortunately, those dates have been postponed as he has experienced another serious health setback.

The 74-year-old has reportedly been rushed to an undisclosed hospital after a "freak accident" at his home in Little Sarasota Bay, Florida on Monday.

The "Ramblin' Man" singer and writer was "playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain," revealed the statement posted on his website and social media pages on September 19.

According to Spero, the musician is "listed as in critical but stable condition," and will undergo brain surgery on September 21 to relieve the swelling.  He added, "Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers. I’ll keep everyone updated on his expected progress."

Betts’ wife, Donna, also released a statement that read: "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!"

On Twitter, The Allman Brothers Band asked for fans to "Please say a prayer for brother Dickey."

Betts and Jai Jahonny "Jaimoe" Johanson are the only two remaining original members of the Allman Brothers Band. Singer Gregg Allman died in May 2017 and drummer Butch Trucks died in January 2017, both were 69.

We're praying for Betts' speedy recovery.

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