Complications with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Eagles Founder Glenn Frey’s Death: A Look at Rheumatoid Arthritis, Colitis, and Pneumonia
By Korin Miller

Glenn Frey, founder of the legendary rock band the Eagles, died at 67 after battling several health problems. According to the Eagles website, Frey, who was behind such hits as “Take It Easy” and “The Heat Is On,” “succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia” on Monday (Jan. 18).

Rheumatoid Arthritis: This inflammatory disease manifests itself in the body’s joints, causing pain and swelling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s unknown what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but it’s believed to be caused by a “faulty immune response.” There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, and it affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans over the age of 18.
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