Randy Meisner, a founding member of the rock band The Eagles, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 77, the group said Thursday, July 27.
His passing Wednesday night from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was announced in a statement on the band’s website.
Meisner was the original bassist and vocalist for the Eagles, one of the best-selling bands in history, whose many hits include “Hotel California,” “Take It Easy” and “One of These Nights.”
“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the band’s early success,” the statement said.
“Her vocal range was astounding, as evident in her signature ballad, ‘Take It to the Limit.'”
The Eagles have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, after more than half a century in music, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
They pioneered the West Coast sound of country-tinged laid-back rock that dominated early-1970s American pop, and saw a changing cast of core members over the decades.
Founding member Glenn Frey died in 2016, aged 67.
The Eagles’ current lineup, which includes Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, is scheduled to go on a final tour beginning in September in New York, which is expected to continue through 2025.
Meisner, who left the band in the late 1970s and was replaced by Schmit, was not supposed to go on tour.
Born into a Nebraska farming family in March 1946, Meisner played with Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band and Poco, before co-founding the Eagles. access point/ra
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