Glenn Frey, one of the founding members of the Eagles, has died. He was 67.
A statement posted on the band’s website say that Frey died after suffering from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.
“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery,” the statement says. “Words can neither describe our sorrow nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”
According to the Washington Post, the Eagles had to postpone their Kennedy Center Honor last November, because of problems with Frey’s health, until 2016. The band’s statement says that Frey had a recurrence of “previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”
Tributes came from several notable personalities like Miles Teller, Sheryl Crow, Rita Wilson, Ryan Adams, Hillary Scott, and Nick Martin. You can read their tweets at the end of the article.
Frey met Don Hanley who together, along with Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, formed the Eagles. Some of the Eagles’ all time hits include “Take It Easy,” “Desperado,” and “Hotel California.”
In the statement, Henley said, “We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. 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. 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. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”
According to CNN, Grey was the guitarist for the band. He also played the keyboard and lent his voice to tracks like “Take It Easy” and “Tequila Sunrise.” The Eagles sold a whopping 16 million copies with the release of “Hotel California” in 1976, a significant highlight of the band’s influence and success. Between 1975 and 1979, four albums that went on to reach number one were released, including “One of These Nights,” “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” “Hotel California” and “The Long Run.” “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” was the first album certified platinum and went on to sell 29 million copies in the country, an achievement only behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
The band broke up in 1980, after which Frey pursued a solo career. He is most notably remembered for “The Heat Is On” from “Beverly Hills Cop.” His acting career included featuring in “Miami Vice,” “Let’s Get Harry” and “Jerry Maguire.” In 1994, the band reunited and released “Hell Freezes Over.” The Eagles were inducted into the Hall of Fame four years later.
“Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan,” Henley said. “He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven.”
Frey is survived by his wife, Cindy, and three children.