Monday, February 25, 2013

Southern rock guitarist "Dangerous" Dan Toler dies

It was less than two years ago that Dan Toler let the world know he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

"Dangerous" Dan Toler in 2011
“I do not know how long I have and actually none of us do, but I would say my chances are slim," he told the Bradenton Herald in 2011. “Right now I still have good use of my arms and hands and hopefully will have for a few years, if I’m lucky.”

He made that comment through an email, because the disease had already made it almost impossible for him to speak.

Toler, a longtime Bradenton-area resident who became a Southern rock legend through his guitar work with the Allman Brothers Band, the Gregg Allman Band and Dickey Betts & Great Southern, passed away this morning at home.

"I spoke to Debbie, his wife," said Toler's manager, Glenn Halverson of Blue Room management. "Dan Toler passed away this morning from complications of ALS, at home. Arrangements are pending."

Toler is also survived by his daughter Danielle Franz and her husband Dan, and his mother-in-law Louise Rose. They all live in the Bradenton area.

Halverson said he expected to know about funeral or memorial arrangements by Wednesday.

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“Right now I still have good use of my arms and hands and hopefully will have for a few years, if I’m lucky,” he continued. “To anyone else having this disease, may God bless you and continue to bless you ... He has the ultimate plan for us all.”

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ajdollslim59 said...

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dangerous Dan. My love and prayers go out to the family. My brother also is suffering from ALS so I know how you all are feeling.

ajdollslim59 said...

My sympathy to you all.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace my friend. The band at Christian Retreat loves and misses you.