Glenn Frey, founder and frontman of The Eagles, has passed away at age 67.
The Eagles announced his death on Facebook, writing in part:
“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.
Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to 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.”
“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 band was recently announced as a Kennedy Center for Performing Arts honoree in July of 2015. Unfortunately, they had to cancel a planned performance at the event due to Frey’s health problems.
At the time they were named for the honor the band wrote, “We are deeply grateful to have been named a Kennedy Center honoree. The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world. Popular music is one of America’s greatest exports – a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection. Many thanks to our fans, our fellow artists and the Kennedy Center for this recognition.”
Frey co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Hotel California,’ ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ ‘Heartache Tonight,’ ‘Take It Easy,’ and many more. He also had a successful solo career after the Eagles disbanded. The band reunited again in 1994.
Here’s a performance of The Eagles “Take It Easy” from 1977 to remember Frey by.
Rest in Peace, Glenn Frey.