The Last Days Of Glenn Frey

HLN’s upcoming episode of “How It Really Happened with Hill Harper” focuses on the life and tragic passing of Detroit-born Glenn Frey, a founding Eagles member. The loss of Frey deeply affected many, including those closest to him.

Titled “The Last Days of Glenn Frey: Heartache Tonight,” the episode delves into Frey’s musical journey, career highlights, and the events leading up to his untimely death. It features rare footage, memorable Eagles performances, and exclusive interviews with friends, crew members, and journalists from CNN, the Detroit Free Press, and Rolling Stone.

Glenn Frey’s Musical Journey

Born in Detroit in 1948, Glenn Frey’s passion for music ignited when he attended The Beatles’ 1964 show at Olympia Stadium with his aunt. In 1967, he formed his first band, Mushrooms, and it was during this time that he met fellow Detroit artist Bob Seger, a moment Frey considered pivotal. With Seger’s encouragement, Frey’s first band released a single titled “Lovely Child.”

Host Hill Harper praises Frey’s musical talent, highlighting his skills in singing, songwriting, and playing multiple instruments. In 1971, Frey and Don Henley co-founded the Eagles, achieving massive success with hit songs like “Take It Easy,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Already Gone,” “Hotel California,” and “One of These Nights.”

Health Struggles and Breakup of the Eagles

Despite his charismatic presence on stage, Frey faced significant health challenges behind the scenes. These issues eventually led to his unexpected death in 2016 at the age of 67, while he was still actively performing.

The Eagles faced internal conflicts over songwriting direction, leading to their breakup in 1980 after the release of their third album, “On the Border.” Frey pursued a solo career, releasing his debut album, “No Fun Aloud,” in 1982. His health battles, including diverticulitis and surgery in 1990, brought him closer to Don Henley, who visited him in the hospital.

The Eagles’ Reunion and Frey’s Health Decline

The Eagles reunited in 1994 for the “Hell Freezes Over” MTV special, followed by a successful tour. However, Frey’s health continued to be a concern. The band’s “History of the Eagles” tour in 2013 marked their final tour with Frey. By November 2015, Frey underwent surgery again, falling into a coma and passing away in January 2016 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Legal Issues and Legacy

Following Frey’s death, his widow Cindy Millican filed a lawsuit alleging medical negligence. Despite initial doubts about continuing without Frey, in 2017, Glenn’s son Deacon Frey joined the Eagles, honoring his father’s legacy and ensuring the band’s music lives on.

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