Glenn Frey dies at 67 years

Kaid Nickl, Reporter

The founding member and guitarist of the band The Eagles died on January 18th, 2016 due to multiple health complications. He blamed these health problems on drugs he used in an interview with the Detroit Free Press in 1988.

Glenn Frey is well-known for writing The Eagles’ hits such as “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and co-wrote “Take It Easy” with Jackson Browne. He founded The Eagles in Los Angeles in the year 1971, along with fellow members Don Henley, Bernie Leaden and Randy Meiser. The band became one of the most popular and famous bands of the ’70s, winning six Grammy awards, five number 1 singles, and six number 1 albums. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Eagles sold well over 150 million albums, among them their breakout hit “Hotel California” in 1976.

The band disbanded in 1980 and reunited in 1994, when they released a new album titled “Hell Freezes Over,” in regards to when people would ask Glenn when the band would be together again. Contrary to popular belief, the band was not broken up due to conflict. As Frey said to Smiley in 2012 on The Travis Smiley Show, “When Eagles broke up, people used to ask me and Don, ‘When are Eagles getting back together?’ We used to answer, ‘When Hell freezes over.’ We thought it was a pretty good joke. People have the misconception that we were fighting a lot. It is not true. We had a lot of fun. We had a lot more fun than I think people realize.”

A tribute on the band’s website mourns the loss of the band founder but also reminds people to remember how amazing Glenn Frey was in life.