Eagles founding member, and guitarist, Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67.
Frey had been suffering the last few years from illnesses including acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis. The cause of death is believed to be due to complications surrounding those health problems, reports U.S. news outlet TMZ.
In a statement posted on the band’s website, his family and fellow band mates wrote: “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us.”
As we reported in an earlier post, the Eagles had been scheduled to make an appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors last month but had postponed due to Frey’s ongoing health problems.
At the time, the band released a statement saying he had a recurrence of “previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”
Frey had been in hospital since November, but over the last few days the star is said to have “taken a turn for the worse.”
As a member of the Eagles, Frey had won six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards, along with being credited with writing some of the Eagles biggest hits including “Heartache Tonight”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, and “Take It Easy.”
Incredibly, the Eagles sold over 120 million albums worldwide. Formed in Los Angles in 1971, the band eventually disbanded, and Frey then went on to achieve huge solo success in the 1980s writing the track, “The Heat Is On” for the movie Beverly Hills Cop and also the track “You Belong To The City”, which was featured on the TV series Miami Vice.
Also for Miami Vice, he also showed he could turn his hand at acting starring in the first season. He also went on to play a role in the series Wiseguy.
We’re sorry to see so many iconic stars gone too soon in these past few weeks.