Former Allman Brothers Band member Johnny Neel has reportedly suffered a stroke, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign in hopes of paying off his post-hospital medical expenses.
According to reports shared on Monday, Neel, whose resume also includes playing alongside rock outfits Warren Haynes/Gov’t Mule and The Dickey Betts Band, suffered a stroke last week, and is expected to make a full recovery. According to Neel’s manager, Doug Jones, the veteran multi-instrumentalist is “improving each day and will be entering rehab this week.”
The GoFundMe campaign launched by Neel and his wife Christine hopes to raise $25,000 to help cover the post-hospital expenses for home care and medical assistive equipment. A statement shared on the campaign’s about section reads, “The sad truth is our healthcare system doesn’t cover any of that after you go home from the hospital. Anything you can give is very much appreciated!”
As of 2 p.m. on Monday, fans have donated $1,630 towards the $25k goal.
Neel joined the Dickey Betts Band’s in the mid-1980s, and played on the group’s Pattern Disruptive and The Gregg Allman Band studio albums before being recruited to become a member of the then-reunited Allman Brothers Band in 1989. Just last month Neel had announced plans to release a new album at some point this summer via his own outfit, the Johnny Neel Band.
Head here to donate what you can to help Neel as he continues his recovery process.