Musician Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles who also achieved success during his solo career, has died in New York City after a lengthy illness. He was 67.
The band confirmed in a statement that Frey died on Monday after his condition took a turn for the worse in recent days. The musician had been battling intestinal issues for months and underwent surgery in November of last year.
“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia,” the band said in a statement. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”
In November, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts decided to postpone the presentation of a Kennedy Center Honors to the Eagles, citing Frey’s health. The band said at the time that Frey required “major surgery” and would face a “lengthy recovery period.”
Frey was a key member of the Eagles, which was one of the most successful bands of the 1970s. Frey played guitar and piano and sang lead vocals for many of the band’s hits, including “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, and “Heartache Tonight”.
As a member of Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. As a solo artist, Frey achieved success with songs such as “The One You Love”, “Sexy Girl”, “The Heat Is On”, and “Livin’ Right”.
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