In a list that seems to be getting longer as 2016 rolls on, another great musician that was part of the transformative music scene of the 70s, Glenn Frey, Eagles co-founder has passed away. He was 67 years old.
In an official statement on the band’s page, an announcement was made of Frey’s passing:
“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.
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.”
It was not only through the iconic American band, most famous for the single Hotel California that the late musician was known. During his solo career he delivered hits such as The Heat Is On from the Beverly Hills Cops series and Smuggler’s Blues, among others.
During his stint with the Eagles, he has received a total of six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. His personal achievements include 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
The multi-talented artist could not only sing, but played instruments such as the piano and guitar.
It is rumored that he suffered a long, hard battle with multiple illnesses and media reports are just surfacing that he was hospitalized since November 2015.
Glenn Frey was a man of many acts. He was the co-founder of Eagles, having met drummer Don Henley in 1970 – and the rest is history. Following the disbanding, he continued with a successful solo career, something that few can achieve in a hardened industry. He also participated in a few acting stints – on Miami Vice for an episode named after his hit, Smuggler’s Blues and South of Sunset being the most memorable of all.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and pray that the singer’s soul rest in peace. It is truly a sad time in the music industry, following the deaths of Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie, among others.