Following the death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey on Jan. 18 at the age of 67, additional details on the medical issues that contributed to his passing have emerged.
The Eagles’ website previously informed the world that Frey died of “complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia.” Today (Jan. 19), in an interview with The Wrap, Eagles manager Irving Azoff said that Frey’s illnesses were partly caused by the medication he was taking for his rheumatoid arthritis.
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff said. “He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.”
“I can’t believe he’s gone,” Azoff told Billboard yesterday. “I can’t believe everything we accomplished. It was a staggering body of work and just an amazing run. I don’t think there will ever be another American band as successful.”
Prior to his death, Frey had been dealing with intestinal issues that caused the band to postpone its Kennedy Center Honors last year. A statement from the band at the time said the problem would require “major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”