While many of us are still in shock over the death of Eagles Rocker Glenn Frey, particularly coming on the heels of Natalie Cole’s and David Bowie’s passing, many more may be equally stunned by the news that his manager Irving Azoff, has blamed Frey’s demise (partly) on the pills he took to combat debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.
According to a statement made to the website The Wrap, Frey, “died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis, which he had for over 15 years. The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds.”
Frey died January 18, 2016at the age of 67 in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, while recovering from intestinal surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, part of New York-Presbyterian, in Washington Heights.
Azoff also recalled Frey’s struggle with the crippling joint condition, and added, “One day his knees would hurt, his hands hurt.’’ The illness “moves from joint to joint,’’ he said.
In turn, fellow rocker Bob Seger noted that Frey’s health battles over the years led him to “fight to stay in shape to keep things under control.”
“He was a workout warrior from his 30s to his 60s,” Seger, told the Detroit Free Press.
Glenn Lewis Frey was born in Detroit, MI November 6, 1948. Although best known as a founding member of the Eagles, singing lead vocals on such iconic songs as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “New Kid in Town” and “Tonight,”. Frey also had a highly successful solo career as a singer, songwriter, producer and actor. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits “The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, “Sexy Girl”, “The Heat Is On”, “You Belong to the City”, “True Love”, “Soul Searchin'” and “Livin’ Right”.
Glenn won 6 Grammy Awards, and 5 American Music Awards as a member of the Eagles. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey released 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Frey was married twice, first to Janie Beggs (1983 to 1988), and then to Cindy Millican, whom he wed in 1990. In addition to Cindy, he leaves behind their 3 children, a daughter Taylor and two sons Deacon and Otis.