Glenn Frey, the axe-man, keyboardist, and sometimes-lead vocalist for legendary rock band The Eagles passed away Monday in New York City. He was 67.
Frey sadly succumbed after a courageous bout with a handful of health issues including rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, while he was recovering from intestinal surgery, as cited on the band’s website.
Aside from an insane ability to slay a guitar, Frey is perhaps best known for singing lead vocals on the band’s endearing hits “Take It Easy” and “Tequila Sunrise”, as well as fan favorites including “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “New Kid in Town”, and “Heartache Tonight”.
As the music industry learned of Frey’s tragic and untimely passing via social media, artists, managers, and celebrities alike took to Twitter to send out their condolences and tributes to the late rock legend.
Man, what a talent he was.
“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,” the Eagles’ statement said on its website Monday.
Bandmate Don Henley also issued an incredibly moving 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. 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 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.”
This evening, this one just feels appropriate.
Rest In Peace, Glenn. Your talents will be missed and revered by millions for ages to come. Take it easy, bro.