Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passes away: Harry Styles and Keith Urban lead tributes

Chloe Best

Tributes have come pouring in after Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away at the age of 67. The performer died in New York City on Monday from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, pneumonia and ulcerative colitis, leaving friends, family and fans alike shocked and saddened.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of husband, best friend, father, comrade and Eagles founder, Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016," a statement on the band's website said.

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Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey has passed away aged 67

"Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."

Glenn co-founded Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon. He co-wrote some of the band's biggest songs, including Hotel California, which saw them captivate and inspire a new generation of musicians, including Keith Urban, Sheryl Crown and Harry Styles, all of whom paid tribute to the star on social media.

Keith Urban shared a tribute to Glenn on Instagram

Country musician Keith Urban posted a video of himself playing one of the group's most memorable hits Take it Easy, along with the message: "So deeply saddened tonight to hear of Glenn Frey's passing. Way too young… Blessings to all of his family and the Eagles!"

Meanwhile Harry Styles described Glenn as one of the "greatest ever", sharing an old black-and-white photo of the musician on Instagram.

"One of the greatest ever. He will be missed by so many. Rest in love and peace Mr. Frey," Harry wrote.

One of the greatest ever. He will be missed by so many. Rest in love and peace Mr. Frey.

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Harry Styles described Glenn as "one of the greatest ever"

Similarly his bandmate Niall Horan took to social media to remember his idol, whose music he had grown up listening to.

"Very sad to hear of the passing of one of my favourites of all time Glenn Frey," Niall wrote. "A man I had the pleasure of meeting and a man I had the honour of listening to all my life."

Niall Horan paid tribute to his idol on social media

McFly star Tom Fletcher is another musician who grew up listening to Glenn's music, and tweeted a tribute to the 67-year-old on Tuesday morning.

"Really sad to hear about Glenn Frey. My parents raised me on his music. So many greats are leaving us at the moment," Tom wrote.

Sheryl Crow, who performed with Glenn at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2014, tweeted: "Sad day. My heart goes out to Cindy and the members of the Eagles and his entire family of friends and fans who loved him so. #RIPGlennFrey."

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