The polarizing guitarist and one quarter of the crazy-talented, smooth-country outfit the Eagles, has died. Frey's death was recently announced via his personal website in a collaboration between the band, Frey's family and his management:
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.
Originally the backing band for Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles struck out on their own in 1971, signing to David Geffen's Asylum records in a time that is considered by many to be the catalyst of the corporate takeover of rock 'n' roll, something Frey and his cohorts deflected for much of their career; cries of sellout and charlatan. However, the group's Greatest Hits 1971-1975, on the success of such tracks as "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Lyin' Eyes," "Hotel California," "Take It to the Limit," "Hotel California," "One of These Nights" and "Desperado" became the biggest-selling album of the 20th century, bringing many to disregard what they consider as sour grape-gripes from aforementioned haters.
Eagle-heads can get their fix of the group, following their early beginnings as struggling Cali musicians to becoming one of the biggest bands of all time, in the epic three-hour-long Netflix documentary The History of the Eagles, which is currently streaming.