So sad! The rock world has suffered another major loss with the passing of The Eagles founding member Glenn Frey at just 67-years-old. He wrote and sang some of the iconic band’s biggest hits, including the classic Tequila Sunrise.’
What terrible news! The music world is still reeling from David Bowie‘s passing on Jan. 10 and now it’s suffered another significant loss with the death of The Eagles’ Glenn Frey on Jan. 16, following a battle with intestinal issues and pneumonia. He was responsible for some of the legendary band’s most famous hits, including “Take It Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Heartache Tonight,” among others. He also co-wrote the band’s most epic hit, “Hotel California.” His timeless classic hits will definitely live on well after his passing.
The band announced the sad news on their website, saying that, “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.”
It added, “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.”
After the Eagles’ 1980 breakup, Glenn launched a successful solo career, recording numerous hits including “The Heat Is On” and “You Belong to the City,” before reuniting with the band in 1994. They continued to successfully tour up through the summer of 2015.
In addition to his amazing work with The Eagles, he also contributed music to such films Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters II, Thelma & Louise. The multi-talented singer also dabbled in acting on TV’s Miami Vice, Nash Bridges and HBO’s Arli$, and had a small role working with Tom Cruise in his classic film Jerry Maguire, where he played the frugal Arizona Cardinals owner who finally gives Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character a big money contract.
Our thoughts go out to Glenn’s family and band mates after this terrible news.