Dickey Betts is facing another medical challenge. He's been hospitalized due to a freak accident at his home in Osprey, Florida.
Recovering from a mild stroke suffered last month, Betts was playing with his dog in his backyard on Monday when he slipped and cracked his head, causing bleeding from the brain.
David Spero, his manager, tells us he is in “critical but stable condition” with “no further prognosis at this time.” Surgery to relieve the swelling on his brain has been scheduled for Friday.
His wife Donna issued a statement saying, “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!”
Just last week Betts announced that he was responding “very well to treatment … and has already started playing his guitar again.” He was scheduled to return to the road in November, but now those dates have been canceled.
Betts, one of two surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band, along with drummer Jaimoe, is 74.