"Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," reads a post on the band's official website.
Glenn Lewis Frey (pronounced Fry; born November 6, 1948): an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles
Glenn Frey plays guitar while Don Henely sits on drums.
Frey's ill-health made the Eagles defer their Kennedy Center Honor.
Frey formed the Eagles after he met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and the two eventually joined Linda Ronstadt's backup band for her summer tour. The Eagles formed in 1971 and released their debut album in 1972. Glenn Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano and keyboards, and shared lead vocals with Don Henley. The Eagles broke up in 1980 after becoming one of the most successful bands of all time.
Frey sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as "Take It Easy",
"Peaceful Easy Feeling",
"Take it to the Limit",
"Best of my Love",
"New Kid in Town",
The Eagles sound expanded with the arrival of lead guitarist Don Felder and later Joe Walsh, which led to its crowning achievement, the “Hotel California” album in 1976.
After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", and "You Belong to the City". As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammys, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles have sold over 120 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.