Musicians pay tribute to The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey

Elton John says he is ‘in shock’ while Steve Martin remembers ‘friend from the old days’

A founding member of Southern California rock band the Eagles, Glenn Frey wrote and performed lead vocals on many of the band's songs. Here is a selection of his best known hits.

 

Tributes have been paid to Eagles frontman Glenn Frey after he died at the age of 67.

He died in New York from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia, the band announced on Monday.

Frey and bandmate Don Henley became one of history’s most successful songwriting teams with such hits as Hotel California and Life In The Fast Lane.

The duo formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, together with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner.

“Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide,” a statement on the band’s website said.

Sir Elton John said he was “in shock” and told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I didn’t know he was sick.

“I found out on the way here that he died and it’s, you know, I don’t know what’s going on at the moment. It’s not good.”

Tributes poured in on social media, with One Direction star Niall Horan tweeting lyrics from the band’s single No More Cloudy Days.

He posted: “These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don’t know why.”

Comedian and actor Steve Martin wrote: “MT: Shocker. My friend from the early days, and important member of Eagles, has died. We loved you, Glenn Frey.”

Henley said crossing paths with Frey in 1970 “changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet”.

Frey’s health problems, including diverticulitis, dated to the 1980s. He blamed in part his years of “burgers and beer and blow and broads” and later became a fitness advocate.

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