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Dickey Betts In “Critical But Stable Condition” After Freak Accident, To Undergo Brain Surgery On Friday

Ming Lee Newcomb | Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Photo: Matt Houston

Today, The Herald Tribune announced that founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts has been admitted into the hospital after a freak accident at his home. Per the article, Betts was playing with his dog on Monday evening when he slipped and cracked his head, which has caused bleeding in his brain. The famed guitarist will undergo brain surgery on Friday to relieve swelling and Betts’ longtime manager, David Spero, told the media outlet that Betts was in “in critical but stable condition.”Donna is by her husband’s side with Dickey’s children. ‘The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time.” Donna said in a statement. “We are by his side giving him the strength to pull through this.”

This news comes after a few tumultuous weeks for Betts. A few weeks ago, Dickey Betts was forced to postpone three August tour dates due to health concerns following a mild stroke. After a three-week period of rest, last Friday, Betts announced that he was “raring to go” via his band’s Facebook page, and that “His recovery from his minor stroke is ahead of schedule and he has already started playing his guitar again.” According to the update at that time, “there will be a minimum of four shows in November including the makeup date for The Hampton Beach Casino. That show will now be November 9th, 2018.”

Read the official statement below: (from Allman Brothers Band Facebook)

Here's the official word from Dickey's manager for those having trouble with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune site:

Dickey Betts has been hospitalized due to a freak accident.

Betts, the "Ramblin' Man" singer-songwriter and founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist, went out to their backyard on Little Sarasota Bay and while playing with the family dog, slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain.

Betts has been sedated at an undisclosed local hospital following the accident Monday evening at the Osprey home he shares with wife Donna.

David Spero, Betts' longtime friend and manager, said the beloved rock legend is "listed as in critical but stable condition".

 Brain surgery, to relieve swelling, has been scheduled for Friday.

Donna is by her husband's side with Dickey's children. ‘The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time.” Donna said. “Dickey is a notorious fighter and he is displaying that now!”

Last month, Betts suffered a "mild stroke" at his Sarasota home and had to cancel upcoming tour dates. A few weeks later, Spero announced Betts was responding "very well to treatment" and on Sept. 14 posted to Betts' social media pages that, "Dickey Betts is raring to go. His recovery from his minor stroke is ahead of schedule and he has already started playing his guitar again."   

Now, though, Betts' family, friends and band mates are focusing their attention on Betts regaining his health; with the upcoming November shows obviously being cancelled.

"It was just a few days ago that Dickey was telling me how excited he was to get back in front of the fans on November 1," Spero said. "It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers”

We’re thinking of Dickey Betts and his family following this tragic accident. Here’s to a speedy recovery and sending you our love!

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