Eagles founder & Detroit native Glenn Frey dies

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 18:26:21-05

Glenn Frey, who was a founding member of the Eagles and a Detroit native, has died. He was 67.

According to the band's Facebook page, Frey died from a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

Frey was born in Detroit and grew up in Royal Oak. When the Eagles were playing Joe Louis Arena in July 2015, Frey said he got his hard work ethic from Detroit, according to MLive.

According to TMZ, Frey had surgery in November and had been battling internal issues for months. He took a turn for the worse in the last few days.

Frey moved to Los Angeles where he formed the band with three other musicians. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

He was lead vocalist on the Eagles' breakthrough hit, "Take It Easy," a song mostly written by Jackson Browne that came out in 1972. His other showcases included "Peaceful Easy Feeling," ''Already Gone" and "New Kid in Town."


Don Henley released this 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: t make our mark in the music industry - and with the 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 his 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."

The Eagles posted this message on their Facebook page:

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.

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.

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.