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Forever remembering: Glenn Frey

Eagles co-founder, singer, and guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday January 18. He struggled with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for 15 years. Getting treatment for 15 years for RA has developed many different complications to his health throughout those years. Photo attributions Steve Alexander.
Eagles co-founder, singer, and guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday January 18. He struggled with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for 15 years. Getting treatment for 15 years for RA has developed many different complications to his health throughout those years. Photo attributions Steve Alexander.
Eagles co-founder, singer, and guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday January 18. He struggled with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for 15 years. Getting treatment for 15 years for RA has developed many different complications to his health throughout those years. Photo attributions Steve Alexander.
Eagles co-founder, singer, and guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday January 18. He struggled with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) for 15 years. Getting treatment for 15 years for RA has developed many different complications to his health throughout those years. Photo attributions Steve Alexander.

by Aja Landolfi, editor in chief

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis.  Eagles co-founder, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey is one of many people who has had a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Frey sadly passed away on Monday January 18, and the medication he was on to help with the disease is at blame. Frey’s medication led him to develop acute ulcer colitis and pneumonia. Frey has been on different medications for 15 years which is a long time and allows many complications to arise.

“I didn’t really know him but his band made really good music. Hotel California is a really cool and peaceful song. It was sad when that guy died even though I didn’t know him but he was a part of the writing team and without him that song wouldn’t have been made,” senior Angelo Poulos said.

If too many different medications are taken for RA they can cause complications. The medicine for arthritis and colitis can interfere with the bodies immune system and will weaken it, making it harder to fight off things like pneumonia (which Frey also had).

One drug that is commonly used to treat RA is Humira. Some of the side effects of Humira are body aches and pains, lightheadedness, trouble sleeping, blurred vision, difficulty breathing, or even cancer.

“He had a great soulful sound. He was a great writer and a very talented writer and he died way too young. Another tragedy within a few weeks. Another blow to the music industry of creative writers,” secretary Ms. Arroyo said.

Frey was most widely known for his role in the band The Eagles. With hit songs like “Hotel California,” “Life In the Fast Lane,” and “Take It Easy.” Frey also had a solo music out as well with hits like “This Way to Happiness,” “Sexy Girl,” and “Smuggler’s Blues.”

While Frey will be missed by many his legend and passion will be forever left behind and remembered through his music and all of the lives he touched with it.

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