The widow of a music legend has filed a wrongful death lawsuit Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images
INDIO, CA - MAY 02: Musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles performs during day 1 of Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on May 2, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Two years after the devastating passing of founding Eagles member Glenn Frey, Cindy Frey, the legend’s widow, has filed a lawsuit against a New York City hospital.

The wrongful death suit pits Cindy, who oversees his estate, against Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, and calls into question the late guitarist and singer’s medical treatment in the few years leading up to his untimely passing.

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Cindy has accused the hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence for “failing to properly treat her late husband’s ulcerative colitis, diagnose and treat infection and advise of the risks and side effects from treatment,” according to Reuters.

A complaint filed in the New York state court in Manhattan says that Glenn was “rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled,” and suffered pain and mental anguish prior to his death on Jan. 18, 2016. Itzkowitz treated Frey from Oct. 19, 2015 to November 2015, according to the complaint.

Glenn’s cause of death was listed as complications from acute ulcerative colitis, pneumonia and rheumatoid arthritis, The Eagles said.

Currently, no one is commenting on the lawsuit, which is normal in matters like this. A spokeswoman for Mount Sinai said the hospital does not comment on pending litigation. Even Cindy’s lawyer declined to comment on the suit.

The lawsuit was filed shortly before the state of New York’s expiration date for wrongful death cases. The statute of limitations for these types of cases is two years. State law requires lawyers to consult with doctors in medical malpractice suits before actually suing in order to determine whether cases have merit.

Reuters adds that it also permits lawsuits such as Frey’s to be filed when lawyers cannot reasonably obtain such consultations before the two-year deadline expires.

The suit is seeking unspecified damages for Cindy, who had three children with her late husband. One of those children, Deacon, has been on tour with his late father’s iconic group, often filling in on vocals on some of his dad’s most notable songs. In 2018, Deacon is going to continue that role as he joins the tour full-time. “An Evening With The Eagles” begins in March and will also feature Vince Gill. The tour will even include James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett on stadium dates.


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In addition to his work co-founding the Eagles and leading them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Glenn enjoyed an illustrious solo career as well, with hits like “The One You Love,” “You Belong To The City” and “The Heat Is On,” which was recorded for the movie “Beverly Hills Cop.” And yes, that is Glenn starring as Dennis Wilburn in the iconic film “Jerry Maguire.”

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor, husband, father, friend and icon: Glenn Frey can never be replaced.

We’ll continue to follow this story and provide updates.

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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