More tragedy in the world of rock and roll today.
Eagles founder Glenn Frey has died at age 67.
The band took to Facebook to reveal the news “with the heaviest of hearts” this afternoon.
They write that Frey succumbed after a “courageous battle” with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.
“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”
Fellow Eagle Don Henley also released the following statement,
“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.”
Frey’s health had been deteriorating recently, forcing the band to put off accepting their 2015 Kennedy Center Honors in December. The band had planned on receiving them together as a group at some point this yer.
The band had massive commercial success in the 1970s with its distinctive style dubbed ‘California rock,’ including five number one singles and six Grammy awards.
They are particularly known for the hits Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Take it Easy, and Witchy Woman.
The band broke up in 1980, with Frey reportedly refusing to speak to the other members in the aftermath.
He went on to solo success in the 1980s, recording the hit The Heat is On for Beverly Hills Cop, as well as You Belong in the City for Miami Vice.
The band reunited in 1994 and played several reunion tours before finally recording a new original album in 2007.