Friday 9 December 2016

The Eagles founder Glenn Frey dies at age 67

Published 18/01/2016 | 22:24

Glenn Frey performing Belfast in 2009 - the Eagles guitarist has died aged 67 (AP)
Glenn Frey performing Belfast in 2009 - the Eagles guitarist has died aged 67 (AP)
Glenn Frey performs with the Eagles
Singer/guitarist Glenn Frey of the Eagles, with singer/drummer Don Henley in the background, performs the song "New Kid In Town" during a sold-out show on the band's "Farewell I" tour at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in this August 9, 2003 file photo. Guitarist Glenn Frey, a founding member of rock band the Eagles, died in New York on Monday at age 67, the band said on its website
Members of the band The Eagles (L - R) Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit attend the premiere of the film "History of the Eagles Part One" during Sundance London, at the O2 Arena in London in this April 25, 2013 file photo
Musician Glenn Frey poses for pictures during the 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in this April 10, 2014 file photo. Guitarist Glenn Frey, a founding member of rock band the Eagles, died in New York on Monday at age 67, the band said on its website

Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as Hotel California and Life In The Fast Lane, has died.

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Frey was 67 and had been fighting multiple ailments. The band's website says he died in New York on Monday.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York...

Posted by Eagles on Monday, 18 January 2016

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner.

They would become a hugely successful act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

Read more: Eagles star Don Henley pays heartfelt tribute to late bandmate 'the man with the plan' Glenn Frey

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and Hotel California are among the best-selling albums in history.

Frey's solo hits include The Heat Is On and Smuggler's Blues.

He also enjoyed a successful solo career after the group's split in 1980, and hit the top of the charts around the world in 1984 with his song The Heat is On from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.

He also ventured into acting, landing a recurring role on 1980s TV series Miami Vice and an appearance in Tom Cruise's 1996 film Jerry Maguire.

The Eagles reunited for a comeback tour in 1994 and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Frey released his fifth and final solo album, After Hours, in 2012.

In a post on their Facebook account this evening, the band paid tribute to Frey.

"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 and millions of fans worldwide."

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