By Mirembe Martina
The Allman Brothers Band guitarist has passed away aged 65.
Mr. Toler died at his home in Sarasota, Florida of Lou Gehrig’s disease according to his manager. He died on Monday.
The Allman Brothers Band was popular in the late 1970s and 1980s which constituted of Toler himself and his late brother, drummer David “Frankie” among others. He played with the band from 1979 to 1989 and was featured on the group’s albums “Enlightened Rogues,” “Reach for the Sky” and “Brothers of the Road.”
Remembering his fellow bandmate, Chaz Trippy talked about Toler’s sense of humor. “His ability to make people laugh and feel good and happy was amazing. That smile of his is just a force of life and, God, how he loved playing that guitar,” he said. Toler and his brother often played with several bands including Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
In 2011, Toler announced that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve diseased better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. His manager, Glen Halverson announced his death. He said funeral arrangements were pending.
Singer and actress Bonnie Bramlett talked about the deceased saying, “To see how Danny walked tall through that disease and play guitar so beautifully with his blue eyes burning that night. What a hero. He really showed people how to live, and how to die. He really made you check yourself. What a great man and a great musician.”
A post on his official Facebook page reads, “It is with great regret and sadness that our dear friend and loved one, Dan Toler, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. Future service to be announced. Please keep Debbie and the family in your prayers. We would also ask at this time that you would respect the family’s privacy. The Toler family thanks you for all your love and support.”