The news of Glenn Frey’s death quickly spread on Monday, with icons from the music and movie worlds honoring the Eagles founding member, guitarist and singer.
The musician and co-writer of hits such as “Hotel California” and “Take It Easy” recently took a turn for the worse after struggling with intestinal issues.
“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia,” a statement on the band’s website said.
Frey’s death can be blamed in part on the medications he was taking, Eagles manager Irving Azoff later told TheWrap. “He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.”
Frey is a six-time Grammy winner and enjoyed solo success with songs including “The Heat Is On,” from Eddie Murphy‘s 1984 classic “Beverly Hills Cop.”
His bandmate, Eagles drummer Don Henley, expressed his condolences in a lengthy statement soon after the news was announced.
“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction,” Henley said. “But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved. We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream: to make our mark in the music industry.”
See the tweets below.
"It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you." We love you, #Glenn Frey.
— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) January 18, 2016
— George Lopez (@georgelopez) January 18, 2016
MT: Shocker. My friend from the early days, and important member of Eagles, has died. We loved you, Glenn Frey.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) January 18, 2016
Glenn Frey, founding member of the Eagles, a band I just loved, has died. His songs, those sounds, perfectly captured those days. 70s LA…
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 19, 2016
"People don't run out of dreams – people just run out of time." - Glenn Frey
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) January 18, 2016
"These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don't know why " Glenn Frey
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 18, 2016
— Dominic Monaghan. (@DomsWildThings) January 18, 2016
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) January 18, 2016
Rest well Glenn Frey. So grateful for the soundtrack you gave my life. My love to all who knew him.
— Melissa Gilbert (@GilbertforMI) January 18, 2016
Glen Frey created the soundtrack of my life and was one of the nicest men I've ever met. Devastated.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2016
Glenn Frey 🙁 RIP, Eagle. Down the Seven Bridges Road.
— Charlie Carver (@Charlie_Carver) January 18, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of Glenn Frey. I had the great pleasure of knowing him and he was beyond gracious. Praying for his family. RIP
— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) January 18, 2016
RIP Glenn Frey Smuggler’s Blues, 1985 https://t.co/rieI70zPpa
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 18, 2016
….sigh Glenn Frey belongs to the city still. damn man. all these legends man…..#TheEagles
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 18, 2016
Wow. I had no idea. Versatile guy, this Glenn Frey. RIP, and thanks for the great, great music. https://t.co/Ju4HXhIbj8
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 19, 2016
Glenn Frey, such an amazing song writer, singer, musician, rest in peace.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) January 19, 2016
R.I.P. Glen Frey….Thank you for all the great songs and powerful lyrics…Jesus can the reaper please take break for awhile…..
— ⚡️ Nikki Sixx ⚡️ (@NikkiSixx) January 18, 2016
Heartbroken over Glenn Frey's death. Terrible news.
— Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) January 18, 2016
Thanks for the amazing music you gave the world, Glenn Frey. #rip
— EliYoungBand (@EliYoungBand) January 18, 2016
One of the greatest voices, musicians, contributors and collaborators to rock n roll music has passed away. RIP Glenn Frey
— Miles Teller (@Miles_Teller) January 18, 2016
So saddened and shocked by the loss of Glenn Frey. Thank you for the music that paved the way for so many others.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) January 18, 2016
A photo from the day I first met Glenn Frey and got to be an "Eagle" for a day. -1993 pic.twitter.com/gur4seY9qH
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) January 18, 2016
SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter. We shared some memories at RRHOF. Shocked.. pic.twitter.com/0uVYgaKVIT
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) January 18, 2016
RIP, Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro. pic.twitter.com/jVDPy5zkLe
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) January 18, 2016