(PCM) It is with great sadness we report that The Eagles founding member Glenn Frey has passed away at the age of 67. According to a statement posted on the band’s official website, “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. 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”. Frey had been suffering from various intestinal issues for quite some time, which is also what forced the band to cancel their appearance in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
Frey, along with Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon, came together in the early 1970’s to originally form Linda Ronstandt’s backing band and from there they eventually went on to become The Eagles, a group responsible for some of the world’s biggest rock hits including “Hotel California”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “Best Of My Love” and “Take It Easy”.
Don Henley released a statement saying, “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.” Numerous other musicians have shared heartfelt condolences after learning of Frey’s passing including Carole King, Huey Lewis, Travis Tritt, and Sheryl Crow.
Frey and Henley together co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including “Best of My Love,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “One of These Nights” and “Hotel California.” Frey took on guitar and lead vocal duties on “Take It Easy” and “Tequila Sunrise”. The Eagles parted ways in 1980 amid much internal turmoil with the band, however they famously reunited in 1994 which led to an MTV special and a live album. The band would continue to tour together over the years since that time.
Our sincere condolences go out to Frey’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.