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Southern rocker Gregg Allman gets liver transplant

By Alan Duke, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Hepatitis C ruined rocker's liver
  • Donated liver became available early Wednesday
  • Gregg Allman co-founded Allman Brothers Band

(CNN) -- Rock and blues icon Gregg Allman has a new liver to replace the organ destroyed by hepatitis, a statement from his publicist said Wednesday.

The co-founder of the legendary southern rock Allman Brothers Band underwent a successful liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday morning, the statement said.

"I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened," Allman said in the statement.

Allman, 62, has been on a transplant waiting list. He got word Wednesday morning that a donated organ was available and the surgery was immediately done, the statement said.

"All I can really say is 'thanks,'" Allman said.

Allman began treatments for hepatitis C in late 2007. Doctors recommended the transplant because of chronic damage to his liver from the disease, the statement said.

"I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time," Allman said. "Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."

Allman -- who sings, writes songs, plays keyboard and guitar -- has been touring with the Allman Brothers Band this summer.

His performance in the band's Saturday show in Chicago has been cancelled, according to his website.

 
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