Glenn Frey, who spent 30 years in the Eagles and had a successful solo career, died Monday in New York at the age of 67. TMZ claims the cause as “a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia” following an intestinal surgery in November.

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Frey was a founding Eagles member and the main vocalist of some of the band’s most recognizable hits, including “Take It Easy,” and helped soundtrack the 1980s with saxophone-laden solo tracks like “You Belong to the City” and “The Heat is On.” He is survived by his bandmates, with whom he’d performed intermittently since 1970.

The surviving members of the Eagles released a statement on their website:

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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce...

...the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.

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.

Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey|

Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff

“It’s Your World Now”

Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin

From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low

As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow

The time we shared went by so fast

Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last

But I’d do it all again

If I could, somehow

But I must be leavin’ soon

It’s your world now

It’s your world now

My race is run

I’m moving on

Like the setting sun

No sad goodbyes

No tears allowed

You’ll be alright

It’s your world now

Even when we are apart

You’ll always be in my heart

When dark clouds appear in the sky

Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine

Just one more dance while there’s still time

My one last wish: someday, you’ll see

How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It’s your world now

Use well your time

Be part of something good

Leave something good behind

The curtain falls

I take my bow

That’s how it’s meant to be

It’s your world now

It’s your world now

It’s your world now


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