Eagles guitarist, Grammy winner Glenn Frey dead at 67
Famed Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67 in New York.
Frey had surgery in November for intestinal issues and his condition had worsened in recent days. He succumbed to complications from a number of medical issues including pneumonia and acute ulcerative colitis, according to a statement posted to the Eagles website Monday afternoon, announcing the musician's death.
"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," the statement reads.
The band also said "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."
Frey performed lead vocals on a number of Eagles hits and co-wrote many of the band's songs including "Take It Easy," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Heartache Tonight," among numerous others. He also co-wrote one of the band's most notable songs, "Hotel California" and "Desperado" with Don Henley.
Just before the Eagles' breakup in 1980, the band earned several Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Following the split, Frey launched a successful solo career, racking up hit singles including "The Heat is On."
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