Randy Meisner, one of the founding members of the Eagles, has passed away at the age of 77, the band announced. Meisner was known for his high harmonies on hits such as “Take It Easy” and “The Best of My Love,” as well as his lead vocals on the ballad “Take It to the Limit.”
In recent years, Meisner had endured various health issues and personal tragedy. His wife accidentally shot and killed herself in 2016, and Meisner had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and struggled with alcohol. The Eagles described him as an integral part of the band and praised his vocal range.
Formed in the early 1970s, the Eagles became one of the most popular acts in music history, with a string of hit singles and albums. Their albums “Hotel California” and “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)” are among the best-selling albums of all time. Meisner left the band in 1977 after a dispute with bandmate Glenn Frey. He went on to have a modest solo career and played on records by other artists.
Despite his departure, Meisner rejoined the Eagles when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. He is survived by his three children.
Meisner’s death is a sad loss for the music world, but his contributions to the Eagles will be remembered for years to come.