NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, January 18, 2016, 5:46 PM
Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock legends the Eagles, died Monday after a months-long battle with several ailments, the band announced.
Frey was 67 and the band had been forced to postpone accepting the Kennedy Center Honors in December due to his health. He passed away in New York City, the Eagles said on their website, noting Frey died from 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,” a statement read. “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.”
The statement of the legendary musician’s passing was accompanied by the lyrics to “It’s Your World Now,” a song written by Frey and Jack Tempchin off the Eagles album Long Road Out of Eden.
Frey sang, played lead guitar and piano and co-wrote the massive Eagles hits “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with fellow Eagles frontman Don Henley. Frey “was the one who started it all,” Henley said in a statement to the Daily News on Monday.
“He was the spark plug, the man with the plan,” Henley said. “He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved his wife and kids more than anything.”
The Eagles released four straight No. 1 albums between 1975 and 1979: “One of These Nights,” “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” “Hotel California” and “The Long Run.” The greatest hits album sold over 26 million copies and remains among the best-selling albums ever, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
Frey was married to Cindy Frey. The couple had three children.
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