Glenn Frey has died.
The Eagles guitarist, founding member and frequent singer was 67.
"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," read a statement on The Eagles' website. "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," the statement continued. "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."
most of The Eagles most notable hits, including "Hotel California,"
"Desperado" and "Take It Easy," and sang lead for many of
the band's top songs.
After breaking from The Eagles in 1980, he launched a successful solo career and had several Top 40 hits in the U.S. before reuniting with the band in 1994. Fans also got a chance to see Frey in a handful of TV roles, and on the big screen in 1996's "Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
The Eagles had been scheduled to appear at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, but postponed due to Frey's ailing health.
In a statement released on Monday, The Eagles' Don Henley said Frey was "like a brother" to him.
"We were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed," Henley's statement read. "But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. 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 is wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year 'History of the Eagles Tour' to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone."
Adding, "I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. 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."
-- Erin O'Sullivan