At age 67, Glenn Frey, the founding member, singer and guitarist of The Eagles has passed away. A statement posted on the band’s website said that Fey had, “fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis, and Pneumonia.”
It went on to say that: “The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.” The statement adds: “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”
The Rolling Stone had previously reported that Frey recently suffered from “a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period”. The Eagles announced in November when they postponed their Kennedy Center Honors ceremony from December to the following year.
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the [medications],” Eagles manager Irving Azoff told The Wrap. “He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis, which he had for over 15 years.”
Tributes have been paid on social media, with country star Tim McGraw writing: “His music was personally inspirational, his impact immeasurable, his legacy timeless. #glennfrey #heartachetonight”
Paul Stanley from Kiss added: “SHOCKED to report the death of GLENN FREY. Eagle & brilliant songwriter.”
Singer Ryan Adams wrote: “RIP, Glenn Frey. Travel to the stars safely, bro”, while Huey Lewis called him “a really good guy. Talented, funny, cynical and sweet”.
The Eagles were best known for songs such as Hotel California, Take It Easy and Lyin Eyes.
Glenn Frey: Acute Ulcerative Colitis
Acute Ulcerative Colitis is one of the most common types of inflammatory bowel disease. It causes inflammation and sores to form in the lining of the colon and the rectum. It is a lifelong condition, where the person experiences periods of remission and periods where the symptoms flare up.
Medical professionals are still unsure as to what exactly causes Ulcerative Colitis. There are theories that it may be caused by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system to the resident intestinal bacteria that is required for healthy digestion. Researchers have also theorised that disease causing bacteria and viruses may play a role.
The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis are:
- Diarrhea which can occur between 10 and 20 times a day.
- Anemia caused by low iron levels due to bloody stools or intestinal inflammation.
- Weight loss.
- Loss of appetite.
- Belly pain.
- Rectal Bleeding.
Glenn Frey: Death From Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an infection which affects the lungs. It can be caused by fungi, bacteria or a number of viruses. This infection causes inflammation in your alveoli in an individual’s lungs; this causes them to fill with fluid or pus which makes it difficult for the individual to breathe.
This will then prevent oxygen from reaching the person’s blood stream as well as causing a rise in the levels of the waste gas carbon dioxide in the individual’s blood. If left untreated, or if complications arise, oxygen levels can fall to life-threatening lows. If the tissues in the body – particularly those located in the heart and brain –do not get the oxygen they require it can result in a coma, heart failure and ultimately death.