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Glenn Frey, Eagles Guitarist, Dies Age 67

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey Dies

Glenn Frey, songwriter, co-founder and guitarist for the Eagles, has died at age 67 today in New York City.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the Eagles wrote in a statement Monday.

"The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery," the statement continued. "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."

In a separate statement, Don Henley said of Frey,"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."

Glenn was the one who started it all.  He was the spark plug, the man with the plan."

Frey, along with drummer Don Henley formed the Eagles after playing a one-off for Linda Ronstadt and later joining her backing band. Frey was writer or co-writer for many of the bands hits and sang lead on songs like “Take it Easy”, “Already Gone” and “Tequila Sunrise”.

The band’s popularity catapulted into the stratosphere after they released their mega hit, Hotel California in 1976. The album won the Grammy for Record of the Year and would place number 37 on Rolling Stone’s all-time list.