Eagles founder Glenn Frey dead at 67

Glenn Frey performs at the 12th Annual Starkey Hearing Foundation "So The World May Hear" Gala on Saturday, August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Starkey Hearing Foundation)

(KRON) Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has died at the age of 67. Frey’s website After Hours made the announcement Monday afternoon.

Frey had been in failing health.

The Eagles did not participate in a ceremony back in December at the Kennedy Center because of Frey’s health.

FILE - In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Glenn Frey appears at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. The Eagles are postponing their Kennedy Center tribute because of co-founder Glenn Frey’s health issues. The Washington-based Center announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 that the Eagles will not participate in a Dec. 6 ceremony that will also honor Carole King and George Lucas among others. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this April 10, 2014 file photo, Glenn Frey appears at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York. The Eagles are postponing their Kennedy Center tribute because of co-founder Glenn Frey’s health issues. The Washington-based Center announced Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 that the Eagles will not participate in a Dec. 6 ceremony that will also honor Carole King and George Lucas among others. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Frey, who turned 67 in November , has long suffered from intestinal problems which he has blamed on his drug use during the band’s early years, he told the Detroit Free Press in a 1988 interview.

Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon formed the Eagles in 1971. The Eagles broke up in 1980, Frey pursued a solo career following the break up.

From Glenn Frey’s website: 

JAN 18, 2016IT IS WITH THE HEAVIEST OF HEARTS THAT WE ANOUNCE:…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.

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