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Glenn Frey, Founding Member of the Eagles, Dies at 67

Updated: Monday, January 18, 2016 5:43 pm EST

Glenn Frey, guitarist and founding member of the Eagles, has died at the age of 67.

A statement posted to the band’s website confirms the news.

“It is with the heaviest 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 surgery in November for intestinal issues and the Eagles’ appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors in December was postponed due to his health. According to his publicist, Frey died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

Glenn Frey co-founded the Eagles in 1971 along with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. He wrote or co-wrote a number of the bands hits including “Take It Easy” (co-written with Jackson Browne), “Tequila Sunrise” and “Lyin’ Eyes” (both co-written with Don Henley).

Following the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey went on to have a successful solo career, releasing a number of Top 40 hits.

As a member of the Eagles he won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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