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Eagles, Mott the Hoople Musicians Die at 67

  • Parke Brewer

FILE - Glenn Frey of the Eagles speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York, April, 10, 2014.

FILE - Glenn Frey of the Eagles speaks at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York, April, 10, 2014.

A week after iconic British musician David Bowie died at age 69, the rock 'n' roll world has lost two other musicians at the age of 67.

The most well-known of the two is Glenn Frey, a founding member and guitarist for the Eagles, an extremely popular American rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 1971, but that also has toured in recent years to sellout crowds.

Frey died Monday in New York.

The band said in a statement, "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia."

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

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

FILE - Eagles members Bernie Leadon (L) Don Henley and Glenn Frey (R)

FILE - Eagles members Bernie Leadon (L) Don Henley and Glenn Frey (R)

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

Besides the many hit songs Frey had with the Eagles, he also achieved 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 and was raised in the suburbs. His solo hits include “The Heat Is On'' and “Smuggler's Blues.''

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

Also Monday, it was learned that Dale Griffin, drummer for the 1970s British rock group Mott the Hoople, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease a decade ago.

Ironically, the band's biggest hit song — 1972's "All the Young Dudes" — was written and produced by Bowie, who also sang backup vocals on the record.

Some information for this report came from AP.

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