By Scott Cunningham //
UPDATE: 9:25 p.m. PST
Bob Seger has told Billboard that he is "devastated" by the news of Glenn Frey's passing and called him "the leader of the Eagles." Seger and Frey grew up together in Detroit and remained close after Frey moved to Los Angeles in 1969. Seger co-wrote Heartache Tonight, the band's 1979 hit. Seger's full statement can be found on Billboard.com.
UPDATE: 4:12 p.m. PST
Reaction to Glenn Frey's passing today has been heartfelt, sincere, and full of love and appreciation. Band mate, collaborator, and lifelong friend Don Henley has released a statement through his website calling Frey a brother and that their meeting in 1970 as wayward musicians in California changed his life forever.
Glenn Frey, founding member of The Eagles, died today at his home in New York. The band announced his death on their website. We'll have more details as they become available.
The full text of the announcement:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.
The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery.
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.
Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey
Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff