LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Six-time Grammy winner and co-founder of the Eagles, Glenn Frey, has died at the age of 67.
A statement posted on the band’s official website reports that Frey succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, 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 said.
Frey co-wrote and sang most of the Eagles’ hits, including “Tequila Sunrise,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Take It Easy.”
He co-wrote “Hotel California” and “Desperado” with Don Henley, who is also a founding member of the band.
Henley described Frey as a brother in a statement provided to CBS Los Angeles.
“We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry,” the statement said in part. “It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some.”
When the Eagles broke up in 1980, Frey launched a successful solo-career recording hits like “You Belong to the City,” and “The Heat Is On.”
Henley and Frey first met at West Hollywood’s Troubadour.
The Eagles reunited in 1994 for the album “Hell Freezes Over,” which was a mix of live and studio tracks.
They have toured off and on since then were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Frey passed away in New York City Monday.
He is survived by his wife Cindy and their three children.