Allman Brothers Band co-founder and legendary guitarist Dickey Betts dies at 80

Dickey Betts, who died on Thursday at 80, was born a ramblin' man.

He was born on 12 December 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States.

He left home at 16 to join the circus and eventually became a well-known guitarist who toured the world with the Allman Brothers Band. 

He wrote the group's biggest song, "Ramblin' Man," and continued to tour until he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Betts died at his home in Osprey, Florida, his manager of 20 years, David Spero, confirmed over the phone.

He had been battling cancer for almost a year and suffered from chronic obstructive lung disease, according to Spero.

"His entire family encircled him, and he died quietly. "They didn't think he was in pain," he explained.

Betts performed lead guitar duties with Duane Allman in the original Allman Brothers Band, contributing to the group's distinct sound and the creation of a new genre, Southern rock. 

The band combined blues, country, R&B, and jazz with '60s rock to create a unique sound that impacted a number of big acts, 

including Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Phish, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton, among others.