Glenn Frey's medication played a part in his death, manager says

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The death of Eagles cofounder Glenn Frey on Monday at age 67 can be blamed in part on the medications he was taking, Eagles manager Irving Azoff told TheWrap.

According to Azoff, Frey died from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia — the latter two of which were caused by medications that he was taking for the first.

"He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years," Azoff said.

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Glenn Frey's medication played a part in his death, manager says
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)

Azoff declined to specify the drug in question, saying that he had been counseled by an attorney not to do so.

The manager also detailed the day-to-day physical difficulties that the musician endured.

"One day his knees would hurt, his hands hurt," Azoff said, adding that the illness "moves from joint to joint."

"Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the group said in an update on the Eagles' official website on Monday.

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Glenn Frey's medication played a part in his death, manager says
"These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don't know why " Glenn Frey
I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight. – Brian
His music was personally inspirational, his impact immeasurable, his legacy timeless. #glennfrey #heartachetonight
MT: Shocker. My friend from the early days, and important member of Eagles, has died. We loved you, Glenn Frey.
Glenn once asked me "what do you think of the name 'Eagles?'" I said "The Eagles. Great." He said "no, Eagles." The group is "Eagles."
R.I. P. Glenn Frey. Deepest condolences to his family and #Eagles.
Thank you Glenn Frey. Thank you. RIP
RIP Glenn Frey. Thank you for the songs and inspiration to so many. Missed by all. - T
RIP, Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro.
....sigh Glenn Frey belongs to the city still. damn man. all these legends man.....#TheEagles
R.I.P. Glen Frey....Thank you for all the great songs and powerful lyrics...Jesus can the reaper please take break for awhile.....
SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked..
"People don't run out of dreams - people just run out of time." - Glenn Frey
Joining the heavenly band... RIP Glenn Frey...
Heartbroken over Glenn Frey's death. Terrible news.
Thanks for the amazing music you gave the world, Glenn Frey. #rip
RIP Glen Frey. Great songwriter. Whether you like it or not.
One of Lady A's biggest influences has always been The Eagles. Heartbroken to hear we lost another great music icon. 💔 #rip #glennfrey
Glenn Frey was a friend and a wonderful man...we will all miss you 🎤Take It Easy:)
My heart is saddened by the loss of one of the greatest!! May you rest in peace Glenn Frey..
One of the greatest voices, musicians, contributors and collaborators to rock n roll music has passed away. RIP Glenn Frey
R.I.P yet another legend today. Glenn Frey of the the Eagles.... Ur music is imbedded in my brain til the day I die, u will be missed!!
Glenn Frey, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you gave us.
RIP Glenn Frey, I have spent so many wistful hours wishing I was the protagonist of "You Belong to the City."
RIP Glenn Frey. It seems like forever that the Eagles music coincided with my entire adult life.Say it ain't so.
We lost another legend . #RIP Glenn Frey. Way too young. Love this family. Losing legends so young reminds us all how precious life is.
Glenn Frey. I’m shocked. A brilliant songwriter and a really good guy. Talented, funny, cynical and sweet. - Huey
yes, I was/am an eagles fan. RIP Glenn Frey. another week, another great lost.
So sad to hear of the passing of Glenn Frey. I had the great pleasure of knowing him and he was beyond gracious. Praying for his family. RIP
Wow... What a terrible week for music. RIP Glenn Frey..
All those incredible songs we grew up with. Thank you Glenn Frey. R.I.P.
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David Bowie and now Glenn Frey. We're losing too many great artists this year. #RIP
Glenn Frey, such an amazing song writer, singer, musician, rest in peace.
Over the holidays I was explaining to my teenage nephew the greatness of Glenn Frey's music.
RIP Glenn Frey, truly one of our great American songwriters...
People I respect and love are just leaving us too fast ,, Now we have Lost Glenn Frey who was a member of the...
In total shock with the passing of Glenn Frey. Bowie, RIckman....tough week. :-(
We are saddened to have lost this guy today. Another legend gone. @GlennFrey
A photo from the day I first met Glenn Frey and got to be an "Eagle" for a day. -1993
Well, God damn it. #Glennfrey. Too much
Sad day for rock n roll..Glenn Frey one of the greatest singer songwriters to walk the earth. #legend #TheEagles
So upsetting to hear about the passing of Glenn Frey... #RIP
Thoughts & Prayers To The Family, Friends & Fans Of Eagle, Glenn Frey...Another Talented & Sad Loss...
Real Music. Real Musicians. Don Henley on his friend Glenn Frey...
RIP #glennfrey . THANK YOU for the beautiful music. It inspired so many. #TheresAHoleInTheWorldTonight
Rest well Glenn Frey. So grateful for the soundtrack you gave my life. My love to all who knew him.
So saddened and shocked by the loss of Glenn Frey. Thank you for the music that paved the way for so many others.
Thank you Glenn Frey for the most amazing music I could ever wish to have grown up on. The greatest songs of all time, so sad.
God Bless you Glenn Frey. #RIP
So very sad to hear the news of Glenn Frey. There is gonna be a heartache tonight. You will be missed❤️
In addition to a killer voice and masterful songwriting skills #glennfrey played 1 of the greatest guitar solos ever
Oh man #Glennfrey died? What are they putting in the water recently? #TheEagles
RIP Glenn Frey, I have spent so many wistful hours wishing I was the protagonist of "You Belong to the City."
"It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you." We love you, #Glenn Frey.
So sad to hear of the passing of Glenn Frey. I had the great pleasure of knowing him and he was beyond gracious. Praying for his family. RIP
Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles, died Monday, the band announced. He was 67
R.I.P yet another legend today. Glenn Frey of the the Eagles.... Ur music is imbedded in my brain til the day I die, u will be missed!!

Azoff said that a big memorial and party are in the works to honor the musician in Los Angeles.

Azoff also told TheWrap, "I wouldn't have been the success that I've been without Glenn Frey teaching me, leading me and supporting me for over 40 years ... He was a passionate family man, a great father, a great humanitarian, and he's gone way too soon."

Frey's bandmate Don Henley said of Frey, who co-wrote classic songs including "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy," "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."

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