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Eagles Guitarist and Co-founder Glenn Frey Dies

Legendary guitarist and Eagles founding member Glenn Frey died yesterday from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. He was 67. He had undergone surgery for his intestinal issues back in November, which forced the band to back out of their Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, and apparently he never recovered.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016,” the band wrote on their website. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was responsible for co-writing some of the Eagles’ biggest hits, including “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Henley, and sang lead on “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” “Already Gone,” “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Tequila Sunrise.”

He also had a successful solo career on the eighties with songs like “Smuggler’s Blues,” “You Belong To The City,” and “The Heat Is On.”

  • Frey’s fellow Eagle Don Henley released a statement following the news of Frey’s death. “He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved,” read a tribute from Henley. “I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet.” He continued, “It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.”


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