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Eagles co-founder Frey dies at 67

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NEW YORK - Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California’’ and “Life in the Fast Lane,’’ has died.

Frey, who was 67, died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the band said on its website. He died on Monday in New York. He had fought the ailments for the past several weeks, the band said.

“The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery,’’ a statement on the band’s website said.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and “Hotel California’’ are among the best-selling albums in history.

Frey was born in Detroit and was raised in its suburbs. His solo hits include “The Heat Is On’’ and “Smuggler’s Blues.’’

Frey was lead vocalist on the Eagles’ breakthrough hit, “Take It Easy,’’ a song mostly written by Jackson Browne that came out in 1972. His other showcases included “Peaceful Easy Feeling’’ and “Already Gone.”
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