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Don Henley Remembers Glenn Frey in a Touching New Statement

"You did what you set out to do, and then some"

Following the death of 67-year-old Eagles founder and guitarist Glenn Frey, Don Henley has issued a touching statement remembering his longtime musical counterpart.

Glenn Frey, Founding Member of The Eagles, Dead at 67
Glenn Frey, a founding member of and guitarist for The Eagles, died today at age 67

“He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction,” Henley writes. “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.”

It continues:

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.