Glenn Frey performs at the 12th Annual Starkey Hearing Foundation "So The World May Hear" Gala on August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minn.
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Glenn Frey of The Eagles has died, band says


Glenn Frey, a founding member of The Eagles whose solo career included songs connected to “Miami Vice” and “Beverly Hills Cop,” died Monday, the band announced.

He was 67.

Frey, a guitarist and singer from Detroit, moved to California as a young aspiring rock musician, and fell in with a group of songwriters, including Jackson Browne and Don Henley, the latter of whom became his main partner in the Eagles.

During the Eagles’ long, successful run through the 1970s and early 1980s, Frey wrote or co-wrote some of the Eagles biggest hits, including “Take it Easy,” “The Best of My Love,” “Desperado,” and “Hotel California.”

After launching a solo career in 1982, Frey made a cameo appearance in an early episode in the popular 1980s police drama “Miami Vice” and penned a song associated with the show, “Smuggler’s Blues.” Another of his solo hits, “The Heat Is On,” was featured in the 1984 comedy “Beverly Hills Cop.”

He died from complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, the Eagles announced on Facebook.

“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 band said in a statement.

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