Hampton, known as the “Granddaddy of the jam scene,” collapsed on stage while rocking out Monday night during a concert held in his honor in Atlanta.
Warren Haynes, the Allman Brothers Band guitarist who was on stage performing with Hampton, posted a statement Tuesday on his official Facebook page asking for privacy for Hampton’s loved ones.
“After collapsing on stage surrounded by his friends, family, fans and the people he loved, Col. Bruce Hampton has passed away,” the statement said.
The all-star event, held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, was billed as “Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton.”
While the band released only one album, “Music to Eat” in 1971, it developed a bit of a cult following, and Hampton went on earn a reputation as one of the best jam musicians in the industry.
“So so sad to say goodbye to the great & wondrous Col. Bruce Hampton,” Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes and Chris Robinson Brotherhood told CNN in a statement.
Leavell, the keyboardist who tours with The Rolling Stones and was part of the Allman Brothers Band in the 1970s, said Hampton died doing what he loved.