"Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us..."
Continuing the last month's spate of sudden celebrity deaths, founding member and guitarist of The Eagles, Glenn Frey, has passed away at the age of 67, the band has announced.
The Hotel California rockers wrote on their official website that Frey "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 had won six Grammy Awards in his five-decade career and been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998, having penned a slew of The Eagles' most well-loved songs and sung on tracks like Take It Easy, New Kid In Town and Tequila Sunrise.
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After the disbanding of The Eagles in the '80s, Frey went onto a successful solo career and acting stint, spawning hit songs like The Heat Is On and You Belong To The City.