Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Dies, Aged 67
19 January 2016, 10:21 | Updated: 19 January 2016, 10:29
Brian Wilson and Brian May lead the tributes to the late Eagles star.
The Eagles star Brian Frey has died at age 67.
The guitarist, singer and songwriter died in New York City on Monday (18 January) from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.
His bandmates broke the news on yesterday, writing on their official website: "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."
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson led the tributes on Twitter, writing: "I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight."
I was shocked to hear about Glenn Frey passing away – it was a real blow to hear. Love & Mercy to Glenn’s family tonight. – Brian— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 19, 2016
Queen guitarist Brian May - who also commented on the death of Mott The Hoople Drummer Dale Griffin - wrote: "I'm finding this month pretty sad."
RIP Buffin and Glen Frey. Some great days - in our memories for a little while longer. I'm finding this month pretty sad. Bri— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) January 18, 2016
Ryan Adams posted the photo below:
RIP, Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro. pic.twitter.com/jVDPy5zkLe— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 18, 2016
Frey founded the Eagles in L.A in 1971 alongside Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.
The guitarist and singer co-wrote their famous track Hotel California and sang lead vocals on the likes of Take It Easy, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Tequila Sunrise, Already Gone, Lyin' Eyes, New Kid in Town, and Heartache Tonight.
After their break up in 1980, Frey enjoyed a successful solo career, and co-wrote the hugely successful The Heat Is On, from '80s blockbuster, Beverly Hills Cop.
The Detroit-born star also went into acting, guest starring in popular TV series Miami Vice (which he recorded music for), and starring in Let's Get Harry and Jerry Maguire.
As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and in 1998 was inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame.