UPDATE: Allman Brothers' Dickey Betts’ surgery a ‘success’

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    SARASOTA, Fla. — Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is recovering close to his Florida home following brain surgery Friday morning.

    “Dickey Betts and his family want everyone to know that his surgery was a success,” reads a statement on Dickey Betts' official website. “The outpouring of support from all over the world has been overwhelming and amazing. We are so appreciative. Thank you all so much for your wonderful thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated."

    The surgery came after Betts slipped and cracked his head Monday while playing with the family dog, leaving him in “critical but stable” condition.


    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is in “critical but stable” condition after slipping and cracking his head while playing with the family dog in Florida.

    The Dickey Betts website says the “Ramblin’ Man” singer-songwriter has been sedated since the accident Monday evening in Sarasota.

    The website says Betts is scheduled to have surgery Friday to relieve swelling in the brain.

    His wife, Donna Betts, said on the website that she and his children are by his side and that the family “appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time.”

    Last month Betts suffered a “mild stroke” and had to cancel upcoming tour dates.

    A few weeks ago longtime friend David Spero posted that Betts was responding well to treatment and was “raring to go.”

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