Tributes have been paid to Glenn Frey, whose death was announced on January 18, 2016.
The Eagles co-founder was 67. He died in New York City.
His death was announced on the band’s website.
“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.”
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.”
Frey’s partner in the band, Don Henley, issued his own statement.
“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction,” he wrote. “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.”
“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 his 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.”
Ryan Adams, Carole King and Steve Martin are among those who’ve so far paid tribute.
In an interview on Billboard, Bob Seger said of Frey, “I knew him for 50 years. He was a great kid. I always kind of thought of him as my baby brother, a little bit. He was fucking brilliant. He was a joy to be around. I always looked forward to seeing him. It was always memorable. He had an amazing sense of humor and was just smart, whip-smart.”
RIP, Glenn Frey.
Travel to the stars safely, bro. pic.twitter.com/jVDPy5zkLe
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 18, 2016
R.I. P. Glenn Frey.
Deepest condolences to his family and #Eagles.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) January 18, 2016
….sigh Glenn Frey belongs to the city still. damn man. all these legends man…..#TheEagles
— Questlove from @SongsThatShook Oct 13th @AMC_tv (@questlove) January 18, 2016
Glenn Frey, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you gave us.
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) January 18, 2016
Glenn Frey. I’m shocked. A brilliant songwriter and a really good guy. Talented, funny, cynical and sweet. – Huey pic.twitter.com/fgFVlZOEnX
— Huey Lewis (@HueyLewisNews) January 18, 2016
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