Not long after Glenn Frey‘s passing, members of his camp is offered up few details surrounding his last few months.
Bob Seger, his longtime friend from his days growing up Detroit, says they knew a month ago that the end was near.
He tells the Detroit Free Press, “They were trying like hell to keep him alive. He’d been at Columbia University Medical Center since November. [Eagles manager] Irving [Azoff] pulled every ace out of the hole — he had eight of the best specialists working on Glenn.”
But the cards were stacked against Frey. Seger says, “First he caught one set of pneumonia, then he caught a very virulent set of pneumonia. He was in a coma, and he’d come out, but then he couldn’t breathe so they put him back in a coma… About a month ago they had to throw up their hands.”
His manager told the New York Post, Frey suffered from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis for years — and died partly because of the pills he took for it.
“He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis, which he had for over 15 years,’’ the singer’s manager, Irving Azoff, told the Web site The Wrap.
“The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds,” Azoff said.
Frey’s final decline began roughly a month after his last performance with the Eagles in Bossier City, La., on July 29, said his brother, Alan Frey, to The Post.
But Seger wants fans to focus on happier times. “I just want the world to know he was a truly great artist and a truly great guy. He was a joy to be around. He had a fantastic sense of humor. He was whip smart, just brilliant, even at 18 years old when I met him… He loved his family. He loved those kids. He was devoted to them. He was so much more than people knew he was.”
Frey was 67 and leaves behind a wife and three children.