The Eagles announced the death of Glen Frey on Jan. 18, 2016, on the band’s website. “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.”
According to NBC News, the singer was 67 years old at the time of his death. Reports indicate his demise was due to complications from pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, and acute ulcerative colitis. He fought these complications over the past weeks.
The Frey family extended thanks to those who prayed and hoped for the Eagles’ founder, during his struggle to recover. There is a website dedicated to the singer and songwriter called, Glenn Frey Online. The site includes the lyrics he wrote, his biography, filmography, photos, and more.
According to IMDb, in 1988, as a member of the Eagles, Frey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then in 2000, he received recognition for his writing abilities when inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He and Don Henley were the only two original band members remaining, prior to his death.
NBC News reported, Frey either wrote or co-wrote many of the Eagles’ biggest hit songs. The list is long and includes songs such as Hotel California, The Best of My Love, and Desperado.
The Eagles debuted in 1971, and after the band broke up the guitarist launched a solo career in 1982. He wrote a song associated with the 1980s television program, Miami Vice entitled, Smugglers Blues. The movie, Beverly Hills Cop, featured another of the songwriter’s solo hits, The Heat Is On.
In the video below is a song written by Glenn Frey and Jack Templin. The song was released on the Eagles’ album, Long Road Out of Eden. Fans believe following lyrics fit the moment, “It’s your world now. My race is run, I’m moving on like the setting sun. No sad goodbyes, no tears allowed. You’ll be alright, it’s your world now.”
By Cathy Milne
NBC News: Glenn Frey of The Eagles Has Died, Band Says
Eagles Website: It Is With The Heaviest of Hearts That We Announce…
IMDb: Glenn Frey
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