Eagles founding member and guitarist Glenn Frey dead at 67

Glenn Frey performing at a concert in Monaco in 2011.
Glenn Frey performing at a concert in Monaco in 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the Eagles (left to right) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit attend the premiere of the film History of the Eagles Part One at Sundance London in this April 25, 2013, file photo.
Members of the Eagles (left to right) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit attend the premiere of the film History of the Eagles Part One at Sundance London in this April 25, 2013, file photo. PHOTO: REUTERS
A file picture dated Jan 19, 2013, shows Glenn Frey at the premiere of the movie History of The Eagles Part 1 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA.
A file picture dated Jan 19, 2013, shows Glenn Frey at the premiere of the movie History of The Eagles Part 1 at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA.PHOTO: EPA

CLEVELAND - The world of rock music has been rocked yet again by news that Eagles founding member and guitarist, Glenn Frey, died on Monday (Jan 18). He was 67.

"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 band said in a statement.

"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."

Frey co-wrote the rock anthem Hotel California with partner Don Henly. His other compositions for the band, to which he lent his vocals, included Take It Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Desperado and Lyin' Eyes.

As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammys and five American Music Awards during its run. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1998.

 

Frey also had a successful solo career after the Eagles broke up in 1980, producing such hits as The Heat Is On and You Belong To The City. Like rock star David Bowie, who also died recently, Frey also made a foray into acting, appearing in episodes of Miami Vice and other TV shows and movies.