Dickey Betts, the 74-year-old former member of the Allman Brothers, was hospitalized once again after suffering another medical issue at his Florida home this week. While playing outside with his dog, Betts suffered a blow to the head as he slipped and fell. The full extent of the injury remains to be seen as he is currently in critical condition but will be undergoing brain surgery to relieve the swelling on Friday. Betts has been accompanied by his wife Donna and their children through this worrisome event and sent out a word to the fans stating: “The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this very trying time…Dickey is a notorious fighter and he is displaying that now.”
Following his recovery from a sudden stroke last month, this wound has become another obstacle for upcoming tour dates. There were regular health updates about Betts from his longtime friend and manager David Spero who recently tweeted on Sept. 14: “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.”
However alarming this struggle may be, this has not deterred Betts’ family, friends and bandmates on focusing their attention to Betts once again regaining his health. The tour will understandably be facing cancellation of certain dates but in another assuring statement released by Spero: “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 Nov. 1…It is very unfortunate, for all involved, that we need to cancel those shows. Please add Dickey into your thoughts and prayers. I’ll keep everyone updated on his expected progress.”
Based on his past determination to provide for his fans and will to persevere, Dickey Betts will continue on his journey to better health that all of us wish for him.