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Randy Meisner, founding member of the Eagles, dies at 77

Randy Meisner, a founding member of the Eagles renowned for his high harmonies in beloved songs like “Take It Easy” and “The Best of My Love,” and his standout performance in the waltz-time ballad “Take It to the Limit,” has passed away, as announced on the band’s website on Thursday.

According to a statement released by the Eagles, Meisner, 77, succumbed to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Fondly referred to as “the sweetest man in the music business” by former bandmate Don Felder, Meisner joined forces with Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bernie Leadon in the early 1970s, forming an iconic Los Angeles band that became one of the most celebrated acts in music history.

His contributions were integral to some of the Eagles’ most iconic albums, including “Desperado,” “On the Border,” “One of These Nights,” and “Hotel California.” Although he left the band in 1977, he was rightfully honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Eagles in 1998.

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In their statement, the band praised Randy’s extraordinary vocal range, evident in his signature ballad, “Take It to the Limit,” which played a crucial role in the Eagles’ early success.

After parting ways with the Eagles, Meisner pursued a solo career and collaborated with various other musical groups, showcasing his versatile talent as a bassist and vocalist.

In recent years, he faced several challenges and personal tragedies, including the accidental death of his wife, Lana Rae Meisner, in 2016. The incident occurred when she moved a rifle stored inside a case in the closet, resulting in a fatal discharge. Authorities had previously been called to the residence on a domestic violence report.

Randy Meisner also battled bipolar disorder and struggled with alcohol-related issues, as stated in court records and comments made during a 2015 hearing when a judge ordered him to receive constant medical care. Despite his hardships, his contributions to music will forever be remembered and cherished by fans worldwide.

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