Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Dead At 67

Well, the Desperado has taken his final bow. The Eagles’ Glenn Frey is dead at 67 after suffering with intestinal problems and having surgery in November. Frey was supposed to be part of the Kennedy Center Honors and had to pull out. His intestinal illness was going to require a lengthy recovery, but Frey was unable to make a recovery.

TMZ reported that Frey was the singer and co-writer of many of the Eagles hits, including “Take It Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Heartache Tonight,” to name a few. Frey went on to have several hits on his own and also acted in shows like Miami Vice. Friends say that Frey went in to have surgery around Thanksgiving and never fully recovered.

“Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We’re told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse.”

According to CBC, the singer, known for such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” Frey founded the Eagles along with Don Henley, who has also gone on to have a solo career. According to the Eagles website, Frey died today in New York.

“Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.”

The Eagles Greatest Hits and Hotel California are amongst the two best-selling albums of all times.

The Eagles own website announced the passing of Glenn Frey.

“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.”

The message was signed by the Frey family, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt, Bernie Leadon, and Irving Azoff. Then they shared the lyrics to the song, “It’s Your World Now,” written by Frey, along with Jack Tempchin.

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
But I’d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin’ soon
It’s your world now

It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now

Even when we are apart
You’ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there’s still time
My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It’s your world now
Use well your time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That’s how it’s meant to be
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
It’s your world now

Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was a founder of the California Sound.

Rest in peace Mr. Frey. To fans, you will always be standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona.

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