Eagles co-founder and bassist/vocalist Randy Meisner died last night (July 26) in Los Angeles due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a statement from the band. He was 77.
The Scottsbluff, Neb., native formed the Eagles in 1971 in tandem with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, and was a key contributor to their decade-long run of best-selling albums such as Desperado, On the Border, One of Those Nights, and Hotel California. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit single “Take It to the Limit,” and also handled lead vocals on the songs “Certain Kind of Fool,” “Try and Love Again,” “Take the Devil,”
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