Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey dead at 67

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Published on January 18, 2016

Musicians Glenn Frey, left, and Don Henley of the Eagles perform at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in New York. Frey, the legendary guitarist for The Eagles, has died.

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NEW YORK - Glenn Frey, who co-founded the Eagles and with Don Henley became one of history's most successful songwriting teams with such hits as “Hotel California” and “Life in the Fast Lane,” has died.

Frey was 67 and had been battling multiple ailments. He died Monday. The band's website says he died in New York.

Guitarist Frey and drummer Henley formed the Eagles in Los Angeles the early 1970s, along with guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner. They would become a top act over the next decade, embodying the melodic California sound.

An Eagles greatest hits collection from the mid-1970s and “Hotel California” are among the bestselling albums in history.

Frey's solo hits include “The Heat Is On” and “Smuggler's Blues.”