Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist, dies at 67

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Glenn Frey, Co-Founder of The Eagles, Dead at 67


Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, has died. The band confirmed the news on Monday (Jan. 18) with a statement on its website.

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

Frey had been battling intestinal issues that caused the band to postpone its Kennedy Center Honors award. A statement from the band said then the recurring problem would require "major surgery and a lengthy recovery period."

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Glenn Frey Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of EAGLES; L-R: Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner - posed, group shot - c. Early 1970s (Photo by Gems/Redferns)
A portrait of Glenn Frey of The Eagles in London in 1973. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of EAGLES; L-R Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B.Schmitt - posed, studio, group shot (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
OAKLAND - 1977: Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs live at The Oakland Coliseum in 1977 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/ Michael Ochs Archive/ Getty Images)
Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Don Felder of The Eagles perform on stage at Ahoy on May 11th 1977 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of EAGLES and Glenn FREY; Glenn Frey performing on stage (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
MINNESOTA - JULY 01: Glenn Frey of the Eagles performs on a solo tour in Minnesota in July 1985.(Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages)
Glenn Frey during Glenn Frey Video Shoot at CBS Radford in Studio City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Glenn Frey & Joe Walsh during Press Conference for Tiger Jam at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Timothy B. Schmit and Glenn Frey perform at the Concert for Artists' Rights at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, February 26. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh {5-19-03} during The Eagles in Concert at Philips Arena at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)
Glenn Frey during Opening Night of 'The Producers' - Arrivals at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Glenn Frey during The Eagles and Dixie Chicks Benefit for Recording Artists Coalition (RAC) at MCI Center in Washington, DC, United States. (Photo by R. Diamond/WireImage)
Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh,(Ret. Gen.) Wesley Clark, Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 01: Musician Glenn Frey performs onstage at the Andre Agassi's 10th Grand Slam for Children press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 1, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The Eagles performing at Nokia Center. Band members(L to R) Joe Walsh(left) and Glenn Frey on stage. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Glenn Frey, left, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles perform at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday, January 14, 2009. (Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 06: Musician Glenn Frey (R) and his wife Cindy arrive at the 2010 Lupus LA Orange Ball at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 6, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Musician/vocalist Glenn Frey performs in concert with The Eagles during day 3 of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 10, 2010 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 05: Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles backstage during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 6 at the Fair Grounds Race Course on May 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4258 -- Pictured: Musical guest Glenn Frey performs on May 22, 2012 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JANUARY 15: Musician Glenn Frey of The Eagles performs at the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum on January 15, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Musician Glenn Frey attends the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Musicians Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles perform at Perth Arena on February 18, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
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Eagles drummer and vocalist Don Henley issued the following statement:

"He was like a brother to me; 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. 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. 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."

Remember the stars we lost in 2015:

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January 1 -- Donna Douglas, actress best known for her role in "The Beverly Hillbillies."

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January 7 -- Rod Taylor, actor best known for this leading role in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

January 9 -- Samuel Goldwyn Jr., was a famous producer and the father of "Scandal" star Tony Goldwyn.

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January 10 -- Taylor Negron, was best known for his character roles in films "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Stuart Little."

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January 11 -- Anita Eckberg, actress best known for her role in "La Dolce Vita." 

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February 16 -- Lesley Gore, singer best known for the 60's hit "It's My Party."

(Photo by James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

February 16 -- Lorena Rojas, telenovela actress.

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February 27 -- Leonard Nimoy, actor known for his role as Mr. Spock in "Star Trek."

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March 8 - Sam Simon, a director, producer and writer, best known for co-creating "The Simpsons." (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

March 10 -- Richard Glatzer, writer and director best known for his Award-winning work, "Still Alice."

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April 1 -- Cynthia Lennon, first wife of John and mother to musician Julian Lennon.

(Photo by Cummings Archives/Redferns)

April 6 -- James Best, actor best known for his role in "The Dukes of Hazzard".  (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

April 7 -- Geoffrey Lewis, actor and father of actress Juliette Lewis. Lewis regularly played opposite Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood in films.

 (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

April 14 -- Percy Sledge, singer best known for the hit "When a Man Loves a Woman."

(Photo by Suzie Gibbons/Redferns)

April 23 -- Sawyer Sweeten (L), actor known for his role in "Everybody Loves Raymond" and died at age 19.

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April 30 -- Ben E. King, singer best known for the massive hit "Stand by Me."

 (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)

May 1 -- Grace Lee Whitney, actress best known for her role on "Star Trek."

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

May 6 -- Errol Brown, best known as the frontman for the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate. He died at age 71 

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May 14 -- B.B. King, legendary blues musician, who won dozens of awards for his music. He died at the age of 89.

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June 7 -- Christopher Lee, actor best known for his role in "The Lord of the Rings" franchise. Lee died at the age of 893.

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June 22 -- James Horner, composer best known for creating the music for "Titanic," for which he won an Academy Award. Horner also scored "Aliens," "Braveheart," "Avatar," and more popular films. 

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July 3 -- Amanda Peterson, actress best known for her role in the popular 80's film "Can't Buy Me Love," co-starring Patrick Dempsey. Peterson died at the age of 43. 

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July 3 -- Diana Douglas, actress and wife of actor Kirk Douglas, mother of Michael Douglas. She is known for her comedic film, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." 

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July 6 -- Jerry Weintraub, Emmy award-winning producer and talent agent best known for his work on films like the "Ocean's Eleven" franchise.

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July 9 -- Christian Audigier, clothing designer known for his Ed Hardy and Von Dutch lines. Audigier died at the age of 57.

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July 10 -- Omar Sharif, actor known for his roles in "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia." 

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July 18 -- Alex Rocco, actor best known for his role in "The Godfather." He won an Emmy Award for his role on the television comedy series, "The Famous Teddy Z." (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

July 26 -- Bobbi Kristina Brown, singer, actress and television personality. She was the daughter of Whitney Houston who died in a similarly tragic circumstance in 2012. Bobbi Kristina died at the age of 22.

(Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)

July 30 -- Lynn Anderson, Grammy award-winning country music artist known for songs like "Top of the World" and "Rose Garden." 

 (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

July 31 --"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, wrestler and actor. He died at the age of 61.

 (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage for BWR Public Relations)

August 7 -- Uggie the Dog, actor best known for his role in "The Artist."

 (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)

August 9 -- Frank Gifford, football player and television sports commentator. He was married to talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford and a father of 5 and died at the age of 84.

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August 17 -- Yvonne Craig, dancer and actress, best known for her role as Batgirl on the "Batman" television series.

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

August 30 -- Wes Craven, filmmaker well-known for his horror film franchise "The Nightmare on Elm Street." He also created the "Scream" franchise. He died at the age of 76. 

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

September 1 -- Dean Jones, actor known for his role of Jim Douglas in "The Love Bug" films. 

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September 3 -- Judy Carne, actress best known for her comedic roles on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh‑In" and "Love on a Rooftop."

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

September 4 -- Jean Darling, child actress known for her role in "My Gang."

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September 6 -- Martin Milner, actor best known for his roles in the 1960's television shows "Route 66" and "Adam-12."

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

September 19 -- Gary Richrath, guitarist for the band REO Speedwagon.

(Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

September 19 -- Jackie Collins, novelist and sister of actress Joan Collins. 

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September 28 -- Catherine Coulson, actress known for her role as the Log Lady on David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."

(Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) 

October 24 -- Maureen O'Hara, prominent 1940's actress, she received an honorary Academy Award in 2014. She starred in "The Parent Trap" and "The  Miracle on 34th Street." 

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November 4 -- Melissa Mathison, screenwriter best known for writing "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and her marriage Harrison Ford.  (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage for Mann Productions)

November 16 -- David Canary, actor best known for his role on "All My Children."

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

November 23 -- Cynthia Robinson, trumpeter and vocalist of the band Sly and the Family Stone.

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December 3 -- Scott Weiland, lead singer of the alternative rock band Stone Temple Pilots. He died at the age of 48.

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December 4 -- Robert Loggia, actor known for Jagged Edge, which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He also starred in "Big" and "Scarface."

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December 6 -- Holly Woodlawn, one of the first known transgender actresses. She was a muse of Andy Warhol and inspiration for Lou Reed's 'Wild Side'

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December 13 -- Rose Siggins, actress best known for her role in "American Horror Story: Freak Show."

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

December 28 -- Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the rock band Motörhead.

(Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)

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