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Published: Jan 18, 2016
Eagles Founder & Guitarist Glenn Frey Dead At Age 67, Fans Shocked
by Maria Gomez

Eagles founder and guitar player Glenn Frey has died.

The band's website posted the news late Monday under the heading, "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."

On the band's Facebook page, they list Frey's death as a result of “complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia” as the causes of death. Frey had disclosed the issues back in November, when the band was forced to pull out of attending the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony because he required major surgery.

When the band was announced as honorees in July, they released a statement of deep gratitude.

"We are deeply grateful to have been named a Kennedy Center for Performing Arts honoree. The members of the Eagles hail from different regions of this great nation and we feel very fortunate that our music has been embraced by people from all walks of life, all over the world," the band wrote on Facebook.

"Popular music is one of America’s greatest exports – a bridge that spans geographical and cultural boundaries. We are truly humbled to have been able to be a part of this global connection. Many thanks to our fans, our fellow artists and the Kennedy Center for this recognition."

As news began to circulate, fans of the band took to Twitter and Facebook to express their shock and sadness.

Born on Nov. 6, 1948, Glenn Frey began playing in bands in his native Detroit in the mid-’60s. In the late-’60s, he met J.D. Souther and Jackson Browne in Los Angeles. When Souther’s then-girlfriend, Linda Ronstadt, needed a new backup band, she hired Frey, drummer Don Henley, bassist Randy Meisner and guitarist Bernie Leadon.

The band was successful from the beginning. Frey's smooth vocals were the perfevt contrast to Henley's rasp, along with their songwting abiltiy, gave them the same blend that was the formula to the Beatles success.

That is why Frey and Henley have been referred to as the McCartney and Lennon of their time. And, like Lennon and McCartney, Frey and Henley enjoyed prosperous solo careers. And, unfortunately, Henley - like McCartney - has lost his Lennon too soon.

From Don Henley:

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year “History of the Eagles Tour” to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

Don Felder writes: "

I am in a state of shock and disbelief at Glenn’s passing. It was so unexpected and has left me with a very heavy heart filled with sorrow. He was so young and still full of amazing genius. He was an extremely talented songwriter, arranger, leader, singer, guitarist, you name it and Glenn could do it and create “MAGIC” on the spot. His visions and insights into songs and lyrics have become legendary and will echo throughout time on this earth for decades to come.

Glenn was funny, strong, generous and kind. It was a gift of a lifetime to have spent so many years working side by side with him. At times it felt like we were brothers and at other times, like brothers, we disagreed. Despite our difficult moments together we managed to create some magical songs, magical memories, great recordings and live shows together.

The planet has lost a great man and musician today. None will ever be able to take his place.

Rest in peace Glenn and may God bless you and your family."

JD Souther writes: "

Glenn Frey was my first songwriting partner and best friend when we set out to realize our dreams of making great music in Los Angeles. Our first year together will always seem like yesterday to me. His amazing capacity for the big joke and that brilliant groove that lived inside him are with me, even now, in this loss and sorrow. I will miss him every day but then…he is always here, isn’t he? I can’t say any more than that for now. The music and the love are indestructible.

Rest Quietly Dear Little Brother
You are greatly loved and missed"

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