Glenn Frey Dead, Eagles Rocker Dies At 67
Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67. The rocker, who was in the Eagles before a successful solo career, died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, according to the band.
Frey was a Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who co-wrote with band member Don Henley the Eagles classics “Hotel California” and “Desperado.” The guitarist and singer was also known for the band’s hits “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Tequila Sunrise,” among others. Following the group’s breakup in 1980, Frey went solo and had a number of hits, including “Smuggler’s Blues,” “You Belong To The City,” and “The Heat Is On.”
In 1994, the Eagles got back together to record Hell Freezes Over, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Album chart. The band then embarked on a world tour. At the time, Frey said, “For the record, we never broke up, we just took a 14-year vacation.” He continued to work on music, releasing his last album After Hours in 2012.
Frey also forayed into acting. He appeared in several TV shows and movies, including “Miami Vice” and Jerry Maguire.
The rocker’s medical condition forced the Eagles to back out of the Kennedy Center Honors in December. A month before, the band announced Frey had a “recurrence” of intestinal issues, and would “require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period,” but sadly he never fully recuperated.
In a statement posted on its official website, the Eagles said, “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.”