Former guitarist and vocalist for the Eagles Glenn Frey has passed away today (January 18) at the age of 67. The sad news has been confirmed on the official website for the Eagles, affirming reports that the musician succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and pneumonia after battling the complications for several weeks.
The news of Frey's passing was posted alongside words of love and respect from the remaining members of the band and Frey's family. "Words cannot describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, and music community, and millions of fans worldwide" the band writes on their website, alongside the lyrics to their single "It's Your World Now," which Frey co-wrote with Jack Tempchin.
Glenn Frey was one of the founding members of the band in 1971. Playing guitar and providing vocals, Frey shared responsibilities for helming several of the group's iconic hits including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," and "Lyin' Eyes." He was also involved in the writing process for one of the group's most successful singles, 1977's "Hotel California." Upon it's release the single topped the charts and was received recognition at the 1977 Grammys, where it won the coveted Record of the Year distinction.
Upon the band's hiatus in 1980, Frey pursued a solo career in music, releasing five studio albums between 1982 and 2012. The guitarist and vocalist returned to his roots in 1994, when the Eagles reformed to tour and perform together again. Frey remained active with his fellow band members through the years.
Alongside Don Henley, a fellow founding member, Frey is has remained active in the band for the most amount of time. He famously remarked in 1994 that the band hadn't broken up in 1980; insisting instead that they had embarked on a 14 year vacation.
The talented musician has had a lasting impact on the music world, and he will be sorely missed.
Out hearts go out to the family and friends of Glenn Frey at this time.