Stars including Judd Apatow and Niall Horan have paid tribute to Eagles founder Glenn Frey, who passed away on Monday (18Jan16)
The guitarist passed away due to rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, at the age of 67. His group are renowned for hits including Take It Easy and Tequila Sunrise, with many celebrities taking to Twitter to speak of their shock at his death.
“So sad about Glenn Frey. I used to listen to his solo record No Fun Aloud as a kid and it made me so happy,” movie director Judd wrote. He also commented on what a devastating month it’s been for music, following the loss of David Bowie on 10 January (16), writing: “I don’t think I can handle the loss of any more of my rock n roll heroes.”
Proving The Eagles still have broad appeal, many young stars also spoke about the loss of Glenn. Among them was One Direction star Niall Horan, who decided to listen to some of the group’s tracks in the guitarist’s honour.
“”These cloudy days, make you wanna cry. It breaks your heart when someone leaves and you don’t know why ” Glenn Frey,” he wrote on the social media site. “Glenn Frey /eagles on repeat tonight !”
Justin Timberlake is also feeling the loss, revealing he grew up on the rocker’s music: “My Mom used to play Eagles records for me on my way to grade school. We lost one of the greatest songwriters ever today… #RIPGlennFrey.”
Nancy Sinatra added a picture of Glenn to Twitter and appeared to be in shock as she penned a tribute: “Oh, God, I hope Glenn Frey’s passing was painfree (sic) and peaceful. He gave so much to the world. Gone way too soon.”
Also stunned was US singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who like Judd is struggling to come to terms with the loss of another musician so soon after Bowie’s death. “Too soon to be mourning another Rock and Roll loss. #GlennFrey A first class singer songwriter. He will be missed. #TheEaglesBand,” she wrote.
Kiss rocker Gene Simmons simply used Twitter to send his heartfelt “condolences” to Glenn’s friends and family, while Jamie Lee Curtis showed how much The Eagles meant to her with the remark: “The lights are dimmed at The Hotel California. Thanks for the soundtrack to my youth.
RIP GlennFrey #musicofmygeneration.”
The group’s co-founder Don Henley paid tribute to Glenn shortly after he passed away, while the band’s manager Irving Azoff has claimed medication was partly to blame for his death.
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Irving told TheWrap.com. “He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.”
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