NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Glenn Frey, a founding member of the seminal rock band The Eagles, has died in New York City. He was 67.
A post on the band's website confirmed Frey's death, stating: “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.
"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 served as the lead singer and guitarist, as well as playing several other instruments for The Eagles and recorded hits such as "Hotel California," "Take It Easy," and "Already Gone." As a member of the group, Frey won six Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards and was inducted, with the band, into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Frey's first foray into music was with a local blues rock band, The Four of Us. In 1967, he launched a series of groups, including The Mushrooms and Heavy Metal Kids and Longbranch Pennywhistle.
Then, in 1970, Frey met Don Henley while touring with Linda Rondstadt's backup band. After the tour, they formed The Eagles and would go on to sell more than 120 million albums together worldwide.
Following the breakup of The Eagles, Frey would go on to a successful solo career in the 1980s, with hits such as "The Heat Is On" (from the film Beverly Hills Cop), "You Belong to the City" (from the television show Miami Vice) and "Smuggler's Blues."
In addition to his work as a musician, Frey also pursued an acting career, with roles in television shows such as Miami Vice and Wiseguy. He starred in a pilot for a series South of Sunset, but show failed to gain traction and was not picked up by the network.In the 1990s, he would guest star on Bridges of Madison County and on the HBO series Arli$$.
Film roles include Let's Get Harry, and Cameron Crowe's third film, Jerry Maguire.
No announcements have yet been made regarding funeral services for Mr. Frey. – Staff Writers