Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey has died, aged 67.
Glenn Frey died in New York yesterday (18th Jan 2016) after battling against various intestinal issues, his bandmates confirm.
The guitarist, who underwent surgery in November 2015, had been suffering from illnesses including acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia, and rheumatoid arthritis, with the cause of death believed to be due to complications surrounding the health problems.
In a statement on the band’s website, his family and bandmates wrote: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of husband, best friend, father, comrade, and Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.”
Confirming the cause of death, the statement continued: “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and Pneumonia.”
“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.”
Glenn wrote and co-wrote a number of the Eagles greatest hits including, ‘Hotel California’, ‘Desperado’, ‘Heartache Tonight’ and ‘Lyin’ Eyes’.
The band, who split in 1980, took home six Grammy Awards and sold over 150 million albums worldwide during their time together.
Following the end of the Eagles, Glenn continued to have a successful career as a solo singer, with his most famous offerings being ‘The Heat Is On’ and ‘You Belong To The City’.
Fellow musicians including country star Tim McGraw, KISS guitarist Paul Stanley and 1D bandmate Niall Horan have since taken to Twitter to honor the late guitarist.
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) January 19, 2016
SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked.. pic.twitter.com/0uVYgaKVIT
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 18, 2016
"These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don't know why " Glenn Frey
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 18, 2016