The band posted the following statement on their website: "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."

A portrait of Glenn Frey of The Eagles in London in 1973. (Courtesy Getty Images/Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

"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' posted to their website. "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."

“My heart is broken over this loss,” Jesse Ventura said when he first heard the news.

“I knew Glenn Frey personally. He told me that, had I run for a second term as Governor of Minnesota, the Eagles would have done a fundraiser for me. That was after he told me he understood why I wasn’t running for a second term. It would have been great because imagine how the Democrats and Republicans would have cried foul!”

“He was a great, wonderful guy,” Jesse said. “Glenn Frey was to the Eagles what John Lennon was to The Beatles. It’s heartbreaking.”


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