Eagles guitarist and co-founder Glenn Frey has died, following a battle with rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia for several weeks. He succumbed to medical complications in New York City, the band announced on social media last night.
Frey kept his illness private so his passing came as a surprise to many.
“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us”, his family and fellow band members said.
Tributes have been flooding in on social media this morning, following his death. Queen guitarist Brian May tweeted of the news: “Some great days – in our memories for a little while longer. I’m finding this month pretty sad.”
Frey’s death follows an alarming number of musicians and idols deaths this month, including legendary icons David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
The band rose to fame in Los Angeles in 1971, with their most famous hit ‘Hotel California’ known worldwide. They were one of the most successful musical acts of the 1970s and are still the highest selling American band in U.S. history. After disbanding in July 1980 and reuniting 14 years later, the band released two more albums, a documentary about their history, and became a hugely popular tour act.
Phil Aldridge, the drummer from the Eagles most famous tribute band ‘The Illegal Eagles’ expressed his sorrow, saying "It was music that I heard when I was at college and you'll find that it will stick with you forever.
"I don't know how it will affect us [as a band] but it will certainly affect me."
Frey’s death comes 45 years since the band formed, and his legacy will live on.