Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey dies at 67

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glennfreyRock music has suffered another significant loss as Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey has passed away at age 67.

TMZ reported the passing on Monday afternoon, while a note confirming Frey’s passing was posted on his web site.

“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 site announced. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.

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“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. 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. Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey| Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff

As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and was inducted with the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Frey co-wrote many of the group’s songs, including their most well-known song, “Hotel California”. Frey sang vocals on some of The Eagles’ biggest hits, including “Take It Easy”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”, “Already Gone”, “New Kid In Town”, and “Tequila Sunrise”.

Frey was also successful as a solo artist as he had 12 Top 100 songs, including “You Belong to the City” and “Smuggler’s Blues” from the soundtrack to the show Miami Vice and “The Heat Is On” from the soundtrack to the film Beverly Hills Cop. Frey also had acting roles in the shows Miami Vice, Wiseguy, South of Sunset, and Nash Bridges, as well as the films Jerry Maguire and Let’s Get Harry.

Eagles co-founder and drummer Don Henley released the following statement regarding Frey’s passing (via Entertainment Weekly):

“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. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.

“But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. 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. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.

“We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year ‘History of the Eagles Tour’ to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. 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.”

Photo credit: By Steve Alexander (originally posted to Flickr as Glenn Frey) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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