Frey, who is the third celebrity icon who's died so far in 2016 after David Bowie and Alan Rickman, is survived by his wife Cindy, and three kids, Taylor, Deacon and Otis. "Too soon to be mourning another Rock and Roll loss". Several other musicians, including Joe Walsh, joined in the 1970s.
NBC News reported, Frey either wrote or co-wrote many Eagles' biggest hit songs. Glenn Frey, one of the founding members and guitarist for the Eagles, has recently passed away. "We loved you, Glenn Frey".
Formed as an opening band for Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles had a long string of hits in the 1970s with their harmonious blend of rock, folk, country and pop influences. It was the first album to be certified platinum (1 million sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America, which introduced that classification in 1976. While Henley most often sang lead vocals for the band, Frey played guitar and piano, was key to the band's harmony as a back-up vocalist, and at times sang lead. Guitarist Don Felder was added in 1974 but was fired in 2001 amid disputes over money. They released four consecutive No. 1 albums between 1975 and 1979...
The band's original members also included Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner.
Life at the top was rewarding but uncertain. Despite being a commercial success, The Eagles did struggle with critical acceptance, often written off for their radio-ready sound. Even movie characters needled them.
It's one of a handful of chart-toppers that the classic rock group scored before it disbanded in 1980. "It gave people a chance to miss us". His song "Smuggler's Blues" inspired a 1985 Miami Vice episode, in which Frey made his acting debut as a pilot.
Musician Nikki Sixx shared: "R.I.P. Glen Frey....Thank you for all the great songs and powerful lyrics...Jesus can the reaper please take break for awhile".
Frey has writing credits on seven of the album's nine tracks, including Life In The Fast Lane.
Elsewhere in the statement, Henley marveled at how he, Frey and the other Eagles kept going over the years.
He said: "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction".
"It's good to be here in the heart of Dixie", Frey said, prompting cheers from fans who nearly filled the venue. "He was funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven", Henley said. Rest in peace, Glenn. "You did what you set out to do, and then some", Henley's statement read.
The bandmates harmonized memorably on stage and on record but fought often otherwise.
The main person behind one of the greatest rock hits of all time Hotel California, sadly isn't with us anymore.