Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dan Toler died Monday morning at his home in Sarasota, Florida from ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was 64.
Before joining the Brothers in 1979, Toler was a member of Dickey Betts & Great Southern. With the Allmans he played on three albums -- 1979's Enlightened Rogues, 1980's Reach for the Sky and 1981's Brothers of the Road before leaving in 1982. He also, along with his late brother David Toler, was a member of the Gregg Allman Band in the '80s, playing on 1987's I'm No Angel and 1988's Just Before the Bullets Fly. He is survived by his wife Debbie, their daughter Danielle Franz, her husband Dan and his mother-in-law, Louise Rose. Memorial arrangements are pending and will be announced as soon as they are made available.
In a statement the Allman Brothers say, "With deep sadness, The Allman Brothers Band marks the passing of guitarist 'Dangerous' Dan Toler following a valiant battle with ALS disease... He was a very talented guitarist with a gregarious personality. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest peacefully Brother Dan."
Toler is the sixth member of the Allman Brothers to pass following Duane Allman, Berry Oakley, Lamar Williams, Allen Woody and his brother, David Toler.