Eagles' Guitarist and Singer Glenn Frey Dead at 67

By Carolyn Menyes | Jan 18, 2016 05:37 PM EST

The rock 'n' roll world has lost another musical icon this month. On Jan. 18, Eagles announced that founding member and guitarist Glenn Frey has died after a battle with several ailments at the age of 67.

The "Hotel California" band made the unfortunate announcement of Frey's passing on its official website, saying that he lost a battle to Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia after a few short weeks. He passed away in New York City.

"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," the band said in a statement.

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Frey founded the Eagles in the early '70s alongside Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. Frey stayed with the Eagles throughout the band's entire career and wrote and co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits including "Take It Easy," "Tequila Sunrise," "Desperado," "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane."

Frey also shared vocal duties on many of the Eagles' biggest hits.

Frey also experienced success as a solo artist, with singles such as "The Heat Is On" and "You Belong to the City."

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