Glenn Frey, Eagles guitarist and '80s solo star, dies at age 67
Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles whose solo music and acting career took off in the '80s, has died, according to media reports. He was 67.
The Eagles made the announcement in an official statement on Monday, according to Variety: "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."
Frey was best known to classic rock fans as the writer and singer behind some of the Eagles' biggest hits, including Tequila Sunrise and Lyin' Eyes. He co-wrote, along with Don Henley, the song Hotel California.
But when the Eagles broke up i n1980, Frey found great success as a solo artist. Among his biggest '80s hits were: The Heat is On from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, You Belong to the City (from Miami Vice) and Smuggler's Blues.
Among his acting credits were parts in Miami Vice, Wiseguy, Nash Bridges and Jerry Maguire.
During his time with the Eagles and his solo career, Frey amassed 24 Top 40 hits and six Grammy Awards. Along with his bandmates, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.