The week started with a low note with the passing of Eagle’s guitarist and singer, Glenn Frey yesterday at the age of 67. Frey had been battling a series of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.
The band’s Facebook page posted the following regarding the news:
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.
Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey
Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff
Frey is the latest to join Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie and others who have passed away these past few months. As you can imagine, Frey’s death took the music community by surprise, and even though the Eagles were far from a metal band, many in the hard rock and metal community expressed their thoughts regarding the legend over their social media:
This year is pissing me off. #RIPGlennFrey
— MEGA-GEEK MELTDOWN!! (@CoreyTaylorRock) January 18, 2016
— Rob Zombie (@RobZombie) January 18, 2016
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) January 18, 2016
SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked.. pic.twitter.com/0uVYgaKVIT
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 18, 2016
Mr. Glenn Frey, thank you for your contributions to one of the best bands in history. Godspeed
— Clint Lowery (@clintlowerynet) January 19, 2016
R.I.P. Glenn Frey….Thank you for all the great songs and powerful lyrics…Jesus, can the reaper please take break for awhile…..
— ⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) January 19, 2016
When I lived in Phoenix, the desert drives to LA or Vegas were never complete without an Eagles album. Thank you Glenn Frey. RIP
— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) January 19, 2016
— BROKEN HOPE (@BROKENHOPEBAND) January 19, 2016
Farewell, Mr. Frey. Our thoughts are with those close to him.