The Eagles‘ manager Irving Azoff has suggested that the recent death of member Glenn Frey was partly due to medication that he was taking.
Guitarist Frey passed away on Monday (January 18) at the age of 67. His death was attributed to rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia, but now Azoff has claimed that the latter two illnesses were caused by medication he was taking for the former.
Azoff told The Wrap: “The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds. He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years.” Azoff did not specify what medication Frey had been taking.
In a statement released following Frey’s death, Azoff paid tribute to the musician, writing: “I wouldn’t have been the success that I’ve been without Glenn Frey teaching me, leading me and supporting me for over 40 years… He was a passionate family man, a great father, a great humanitarian, and he’s gone way too soon.”
In the days following the news, Brian May, Ryan Adams and Brian Wilson have been among those offering messages of condolences.
Don Henley, The Eagles’ drummer and vocalist, honoured Frey and spoke of their close bond, referring to Frey as a “brother” to him.