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Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Dies

FILE - Glenn Frey speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York, April, 10, 2014.
FILE - Glenn Frey speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York, April, 10, 2014.
Eagles Founder Glenn Frey Dies
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American rock and roll star Glenn Frey has died.

He was 67 years old.

The guitarist was a founding member of the Eagles. The popular Los Angeles-based band formed in 1971. Many years later it still performs sold-out shows in large centers.

Frey died Monday in New York City. A band statement said the musician died from a combination of several diseases including rheumatoid arthritis.

Bandmate Don Henley says Frey was like a brother to him.

Frey “started it all,'' Henley said. He called him “the spark plug, the man with the plan.'' Henley said Frey had “an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit.''

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

Glenn Frey also had some success as a solo artist in the 1980s after the Eagles broke up. But when they reunited at their first live performance in April 1994, Frey stated, "For the record, we never broke up. We just took a 14-year vacation."

Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in the suburbs. His solo hits include “The Heat Is On'' and “Smuggler's Blues.''

The Eagles were entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Frey is survived by his wife Cindy and their three children. Musicians have been posting messages of love and thanks for Frey. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac wrote that she could hardly see through her tears. She said, “Take it easy, Mr. Frey, as you fly.”

I’m Jonathan Evans.

Caty Weaver wrote this story from a VOA news report.

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Words in This Story

founding member – n. an original member of a group

sold-out – adj. of or relating to an event where all the tickets have been sold​

encyclopedic – adj. dealing with or knowing a subject thoroughly or completely​

ethic – n. a belief that something is very important — usually singular​

solo – adj. done without another person​