You should just go ahead and permanently sew that black lace mourning veil onto your head, because 2016 is taking everyone. 2016 is a damn demon. Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist/vocalist for the Eagles, is now sitting in Heaven’s admissions office with David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Celine Dion’s husband and brother and Dan Haggerty. Glenn died in NYC today of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. Glenn was only 67. This statement from Glenn’s family and the band went up on the Eagles’ 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. 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.”
Don Henley also released his own sweet statement. You can read the whole thing here. Here’s a piece of it:
“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.”
Glenn co-wrote and sang many of the Eagles’ biggest hits including “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It Easy” and “New Kid In Town.” When the Eagles broke up in 1980, Glenn did his own thing. Glenn put out his own music and acted in Miami Vice and Jerry Maguire.
Rest in peace, Glenn Frey. Thank you for giving us the perfect song that I watched my mom and aunties break it down to at many family reunions in the 80s.