(CBS/AP) – Glenn Frey, a founding member of the band Eagles, has died, the band’s website announced today.

A statement on the website titled reads:

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“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.

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Cindy Frey | Taylor Frey | Deacon Frey | Otis Frey| Don Henley | Joe Walsh | Timothy B. Schmit | Bernie Leadon | Irving Azoff”

Fry was 67 years old.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

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

Frey’s solo hits include “The Heat Is On” and “Smuggler’s Blues.”

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