Police reports released Wednesday show Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks did indeed kill himself in front of his wife in their West Palm Beach condo. According to an extensive article in The Daily Mail, Trucks had been plagued with serious financial problems.
The website obtained audio of the 911 call and in it Butch’s wife of 25 years Melinda, can be heard screaming “My husband just shot himself!…He shot himself in the head…I can’t look at him…What do I do, call the hospital? …. Oh, I can’t touch him!” When police and paramedics arrived Trucks was still breathing, but he died only moments later.
Butch and Melinda moved to the Palm Beach area in the early 1990s where they were seen regularly at charity events and high-profile dinners to benefit non-profit groups. They had two grown children together.