Glenn Frey of the pop-rock group the Eagles passed away on January 18th. Though Frey's death had shocked fans, but to those who knew him, they knew that his death was forthcoming. Frey had been abusing his body for years with drugs and alcohol and his health was already on the decline since the 80s. Last year in November, Frey underwent "major surgery" due to his long-standing intestinal issues. The surgery marked a steep decline in Frey's health.
Long time friend and fellow peer Bob Seger tells the Detroit Free Press that he received word from Don Henley in November that Frey was at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, suffering from a bout of pneumonia, as well as complications from rheumatoid arthritis and acute ulcerative colitis.
"He was in a coma, and he'd come out, but then he couldn't breathe. They'd put him back into the coma," Seger recounts. "They were trying like hell to keep him alive ... [Eagles manager] Irving [Azoff] pulled every ace out of the hole - he had the eight best specialists working on Glenn."
But with the seriousness of Frey's conditions, the doctors finally gave up. "About a month ago, they had to throw up their hands."
Seger and Frey last saw each other in July, at an Eagles concert in Detroit, Mich. "He was in a great mood. His voice sounded great," Seger remembers. "[The song] "Saturday Night" - when you hear that harmony, it's still mind-boggling how truly wonderful it is. And he created that."
Seger adds, "He loved his family. He loved those kids. He was devoted to them. He was so much more than people knew he was ... He would never fail to start with telling me how grateful he was that audiences were still there. He loved the band. He loved the fact he could keep doing this. And he kept doing this until six months before he died."
Frey was a founding member of rock band the Eagles. During the 1970s, Frey played guitar with the band, as well as piano and keyboards. Alongside Don Henley, Frey was one of the primary singers of the Eagles; he sang lead vocals on songs such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town" and "Heartache Tonight".
After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'" and "Livin' Right." As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards..