Musician Glenn Frey, Eagles founder, dies

Frey led a successful solo career after leaving the group

By Chris Shadrock - Web - News Producer
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Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as "Hotel California" and "Life in the Fast Lane," has died.

Frey, 67, passed away after complications with rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles 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.

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and "Hotel California" are among the best-selling albums in history.

Frey's solo hits include "The Heat Is On" and "Smuggler's Blues."

 

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