Eagles founding member, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67. 

A statement posted on the band’s official website reveals the cause of Frey’s passing. “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.”

Frey helped found the Eagles in 1971. He had a hand in the band’s most popular songs, including “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Tequila Sunrise” and “Already Gone,” among others. 

He embarked on a solo career in the ‘80s, and launched an acting endeavor later on. Frey won six Grammy Awards as a member of the Eagles, a band who have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.

A message from the Eagles:

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.

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