When David Bowie died on January 10th last year it was a shock. When Glenn Frey followed eight days later, on January 18th, it was a jolt.
The founding member of the Eagles died at Columbia University Medical Center in New York due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. He was 67 and left behind a wife and three children.
Frey underwent intestinal surgery in November 2015, which forced the Eagles to postpone their acceptance of the Kennedy Center Honors in December. But according to his friend and mentor, Bob Seger, Frey took a turn for the worse in December. Seger said, "They were trying like hell to keep him alive. [Eagles manager] Irving [Azoff] pulled every ace out of the hole -- he had eight of the best specialists working on Glenn."
But Seger also said the cards were stacked against Frey. "First he caught one set of pneumonia, then he caught a very virulent set of pneumonia. He was in a coma, and he’d come out, but then he couldn’t breathe so they put him back in a coma... [Finally] they had to throw up their hands."
Like Bowie, Frey was honored with tributes at the Grammy Awards and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, along with a private memorial at the Forum in Los Angeles. The night featured performances by the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder. The finale, with most of the night's performers, was “Already Gone.”
And in his hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan, a stretch of Willis Avenue was renamed Glenn Frey Drive.