Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist of The Eagles, has died, according to the band’s website.
Frey was 67 years old. He died from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, eagles.comreported.
“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery,” his publicist posted.
“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.”
Frey battled intestinal issues for months and after having surgery in November his condition took a turn for the worse.
He had blamed his intestinal problems on his drug use in an interview with the Detroit Free Press in 1988.
Glenn’s health also deferred The Eagles from accepting their Kennedy Center Honor last year. The Eagles had planned to receive the award in 2016 after Frey recovered.
Glenn was known for writing The Eagles hits, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin Eyes, and he co-wrote Take it Easy with Jackson Browne.
He started The Eagles in Los Angeles in 1971 with Don Henley, Bernie Leaden and Randy Meisner.
The group became one of the most successful acts of the 1970s to win six Grammys, five No. 1 singles and six No. 1 albums.
The Eagles sold more than 150 million albums, which included their 1976 smash hit Hotel California.
The band’s greatest hits collection are among some of the best-selling albums in history.
Frey also had a successful solo career with hits such as You Belong to the City and Smuggler’s Blues.
Later in his career, he received acting roles and starred in Miami Vice and Wiseguy.