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    CNN)Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, has died at 67, a publicist for the band has confirmed.

    "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," reads a post on the band's official website.

    Frey had been suffering from intestinal issues, which caused the postponement of the band's inclusion in the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
    Frey and the other original members of the Eagles Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon -- came together to form singer Linda Ronstadt's backup band in the early 1970s.
    They were all experienced musicians who forged a laid-back, country-tinged sound that the Eagles would eventually make famous.
    "We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow," Henley said in a statement Monday. I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis 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.
    "It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it," Henley added. "But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life. Rest in peace, my brother. You did what you set out to do, and then some."
    Musicians of all stripes, from Carole King to Huey Lewis to Travis Tritt, posted tributes to Frey on Twitter.

    Throughout the mid-1970s, Frey and the band released hit after hit.
    Frey and Henley co-wrote many of the band's biggest songs, including "Best of My Love," "Lyin' Eyes," "One of These Nights" and "Hotel California." Frey also famously helped Jackson Browne finish writing the Eagles' first hit, "Take It Easy," contributing the catchy verse, "it's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford / slowing down to take a look at me."
    Frey played guitar and keyboard and took lead vocal duties for the band on tunes like "Take it Easy" and "Tequila Sunrise."
    With "Hotel California" in 1976, the band reached the pinnacle of its success, selling 16 million copies. They released four number one albums consecutively between 1975 and 1979: "One of These Nights," "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975," "Hotel California" and "The Long Run."
    "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975," was the first album certified platinum and has sold 29 million copies in the United States, second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller," according to Rolling Stone.
    The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
    Though public reception was warm, the band had a prickly relationship with many critics.
    "Another thing that interests me about the Eagles is that I hate them," wrote rock critic Robert Christgau in 1972, when they first hit it big.
    The band succumbed to internal squabbles and broke up in 1980. Frey, Henley and other band members were famously contentious.
    With his pop sensibilities and gift for melody, Frey was an ideal songwriting counterpart to Henley's seriousness and penchant for social statements.
    "He was like a brother to me," Henley went on to say Monday. "We were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved."
    Frey saw solo success with the 1982 release "No Fun Aloud." He hit the top 40 with "The Heat Is On," "You Belong to the City," "True Love," and "Soul Searchin.'"
    He also tried his hand at acting with a guest spot on "Miami Vice" and a small role in the 1996 film "Jerry Maguire."
    The band reunited for 1994's Hell Freezes Over tour, which spawned an MTV special and a live album. They would continue to tour together over the years.
    "Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide," the band said on its website Monday.

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      Glenn Frey, founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, dead at 67

      NEW YORK — Glenn Frey, a founding member of the Eagles, died at age 67 on Monday in New York City, the band’s website has announced.

      “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” the Eagles’ website stated.

      Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that usually affects joints in the hands and feet, and ulcerative colitis affects a person’s digestive tract and can be life threatening, according to

      Frey was the lead singer and played guitar, among other instruments, for the Eagles, known for hits such as “Take It Easy,” “Already Gone” and “Hotel California.”

      “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,” the website stated.

      Frey suffered health problems, causing the band to defer accepting their planned Dec. 6 Kennedy Center Honor until 2016, the Washington Post reported in November.

      He had a recurrence of “previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period,” a statement from the Eagle read, according to the Post.

      Monday’s announcement included lyrics to the following song:

      “It’s Your World Now”
      Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
      From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album

      A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
      As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
      The time we shared went by so fast
      Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
      But I’d do it all again
      If I could, somehow
      But I must be leavin’ soon
      It’s your world now

      It’s your world now
      My race is run
      I’m moving on
      Like the setting sun
      No sad goodbyes
      No tears allowed
      You’ll be alright
      It’s your world now

      Even when we are apart
      You’ll always be in my heart
      When dark clouds appear in the sky
      Remember true love never dies

      But first a kiss, one glass of wine
      Just one more dance while there’s still time
      My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
      How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

      It’s your world now
      Use well your time
      Be part of something good
      Leave something good behind
      The curtain falls
      I take my bow
      That’s how it’s meant to be
      It’s your world now
      It’s your world now
      It’s your world now