AceShowbiz - %cEagles% lost one of its members on Monday, January 18. %cGlenn Frey%, who joined as the band's guitarist and who sang "Take It Easy", died at the age of 67 due to complications.
"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 band said in its announcement Monday.
The statement continued, "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."
In November last year, the Eagles postponed their Kennedy Center Honors ceremony which was scheduled to take place in December. The band said Frey suffered from "a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period."
Many tributes have been pouring in from celebrities. Actor %cSteve Martin% tweeted, "MT: Shocker. My friend from the early days, and important member of Eagles, has died. We loved you, Glenn Frey." %cRyan Adams% tweeted, RIP, "Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro."
%cNikki Sixx% cited Frey's influence on the music industry, tweeting, "R.I.P. Glen Frey....Thank you for all the great songs and powerful lyrics...Jesus can the reaper please take break for awhile....." %cMiles Teller% wrote, "One of the greatest voices, musicians, contributors and collaborators to rock n roll music has passed away. RIP Glenn Frey."
Frey's bandmate %cDon Henley% became the only remaining original member left in the Eagles. He said in a statement in the wake of Frey's death, "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry - and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan."
Henley continued, "He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit. He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven. He loved is wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year History of the Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."
Frey is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cindy, and their three children: Taylor, Deacon and Otis.