Eagles mourn death of guitarist and founder Glenn Frey

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Musician Glenn Frey performs during the 2012 Starkey Hearing Foundation's "So the World May Hear Awards Gala on August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)

(January 18, 2016) – The Eagles announced the death of guitarist and founder Glenn Frey, 67, on their website Monday.

The statement said, “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.”

Frey was the lead singer and a guitarist for the band known for its hits such as “Take it easy,” “Already Gone,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” and “Hotel California.” As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, and was  inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in 1998. As a solo artist, Frey achieved success with hit songs such as “The One You Love,” “Sexy Girl,” “The Heat Is On.” and “Livin’ Right.”

“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 Eagles’ website stated.

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