Founding Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey died on Monday at the age of 67.
News of his death was confirmed on the band’s website with a statement from his family and former bandmates.
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.
Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months. In November, his health problems forced the band to postpone their appearance scheduled for Dec. 6 at the Kennedy Center Honors until 2016. At the time, the band issued a statement, explaining that Frey “has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”
The musician had a long history of intestinal problems. According to the Washington Post, 10 years after The Eagles broke up, the first attempts to reunite the group in 1990 were paused partly because Frey needed to undergo surgery to remove part of his large intestine. His health problems continued to flare up again during the band’s “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour, causing the group to postpone tour dates while he recovered, though his intestinal issues continued to persist.
Frey was a founding member of The Eagles, creating the band with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner in 1971. He sang lead vocals on many of the band’s hits and co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Henley. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Additionally, Frey had a successful solo career with five studio albums and memorable hits including “The Heat Is On”, and “You Belong to the City.”