Legendary Eagles founding member Glenn Frey passes away

Hero musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles
Hero musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles

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 was 67 and had been battling multiple ailments. He died Monday. The band's website says he died in New York.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles 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.

In a statement on the band's website, his family and bandmates wrote: "Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us."

TMZ reports that Glenn had surgery in November and had been recovering fairly well until his condition took a turn for the worse in recent days.

The Eagles are famous for tracks including 'Hotel California' and Desperado', which Glenn co-wrote with Don Henley, and 'Take It Easy' and 'Tequila Sunrise'.

Glenn Frey with Don Henley

The band took home six Grammy awards during their time together, before they split in 1980.

Following the end of the Eagles, Glenn continued to have a successful career as a solo singer, with his most famous offerings being 'The Heat Is On' and 'You Belong to the City'.

The Eagles had been due to reunite to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors last month but pulled out due to Glenn's ill health.

Frey's solo hits include "The Heat Is On" and "Smuggler's Blues."