Sunday, May 26, 2024

Glenn Frey of the Eagles Has Died at 67, from Stomach Surgery Complications


Another rock death: Glenn Frey of the Eagles, co-writer of most of their hits, has died at age 67. The Eagles had cancelled their Kennedy Center induction in November because they said Frey needed surgery. Apparently he had it, and things got worse from there. What a shame.

Don Henley- Frey’s partner for 45 years and his frenemy– they were always at odds– said in a statement– “He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken. He added … “We built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed. But Glenn was the one who started it all.”

The Eagles are pretty much the biggest American band ever. Their greatest hits remains a huge best seller. Their touring act is sold out always. Their many hits co-written by Frey include “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Hotel California,” and “Best of My Love.”

Apart from the Eagles, Frey had hits with “You Belong to the City,” “The Heat is On” and “The One You Love.” Frey has been married for 25 years and has three children.

Glenn Frey, David Bowie– 67, 69– the past is catching up. Today’s hard living pop stars should think about that. These guys’ lives been cut short by a good ten years because of the partying. It seemed like fun back then…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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