Glen Frey of the Eagles

January 17th, 2016 | by Annie
Glen Frey of the Eagles

Glenn Frey, a founding member of rock band the Eagles, died at age 67 on Monday in New York City, the band’s website has announced.

According to the bands website, “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” the Eagles’.

The singer/song writer had suffered from major health problems, causing the band to hold off accepting their planned Dec. 6 Kennedy Center Honor until 2016, the Washington Post had reported in November.

He had a recurrence of “previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period,” a statement from the Eagle read, according to the Post.

Among Frey’s health problems were rheumatoid arthritis — a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects joints in the hands and feet — and ulcerative colitis — which affects a person’s digestive tract and can be life threatening, according to

Frey was the lead singer and played guitar, among other instruments, for the Eagles, which he founded alongside Don Henley in Los Angeles back in 1971.

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and won six Grammy Awards — one of which was for Record of the Year: “Hotel California.”

“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,” so the band’s site read.

The Eagles have sold more than 100 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

We shall miss Glenn Frey to pieces. I can recall growing up a young girl in Ireland working at my Aunt’s pub and hearing the Eagles for the very first time on the stereo. This is quite a moving story for me today. RIP Glenn Frey.

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