Don Henley remembers Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey as ‘a brother to me’

Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles

Don Henley, left, and Glenn Frey perform  at the newly renovated Forum in January 2014. Frey died Monday at age 67 in New York City after a brief illness.

(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Immediately following news of the death of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey on Monday, his longtime band mate and frequent songwriting partner Don Henley issued the following statement:

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction.  But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.  

“We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream:  to make our mark in the music industry — and with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.  

“But, Glenn was the one who started it all.  He was the spark plug, the man with the plan.  He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn’t quit.  He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven.  He loved his wife and kids more than anything.  


“We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow.  We brought our two-year ‘History of the Eagles Tour’ to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.  I’m not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet.  

“It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it.  But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life.  Rest in peace, my brother.  You did what you set out to do, and then some.”

--Don Henley

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