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Who Received the Late Eagle Glenn Frey’s Estate?

August 3, 2023
Andrew Sigerson
As the Eagles ready themselves for a farewell tour that spans two months in late 2023, it's hard not to think about their late guitarist Glenn Frey who passed away in January 2016.

The Eagles were one of the most influential bands of the 1970s. With classic yet well-trodden hits like "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy," they solidified themselves as rock legends.

Microsoft’s recent article, “Late Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Left All of His Fortune to His Wife of 26 Years,” reports that outside of the band, he was a married father of three at the time of his death. It was later revealed that he left everything to his spouse.

The article reports that Cindy Millican is listed as Glenn’s benefactor, and she was also named the executor of his estate, "leaving her responsible for distributing his personal items like jewelry, clothing, and furnishings based on his wishes." The couple was married for 25 years. Glenn named famed Eagles manager Irving Azoff and attorney Barry Greenfield to serve as co-executors if, for some reason, his wife couldn't serve.

Cindy only had a copy of Glenn's will, which she shared with the court. Unless it was contested, that wouldn't be an issue. The documents listed $100,000 in assets along with a family trust, which likely contains the bulk of his wealth. The couple has three children: daughter Taylor and sons Deacon and Otis.

Cindy, who reportedly met Glenn while shooting a music video, is also active in the nonprofit world. In 2013, the Lupus LA newsletter highlighted Cindy's work with fashion designer Donna Karan. Cindy, who has Lupus, was named part of the Donna Karan Ambassador Program to help raise awareness about the devastating disease.

NPR reported that Glenn died on January 18, 2016, due to "complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia." His family released a statement on the Eagles website: "The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community, and millions of fans worldwide."

In a separate statement, Eagles singer and drummer Don Henley credited Glenn for starting the band. Don said, "He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit."

Don also added that Glenn was "funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented, and driven." Don made sure to mention that Glenn "loves his wife and kids more than anything."

Reference: Microsoft (July 10, 2023) “Late Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Left All of His Fortune to His Wife of 26 Years”

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