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Widow of Eagles co-founder Frey files suit against hospital

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Widow of Eagles co-founder Frey files suit against hospital

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The widow of Glenn Frey, the Eagles founding member and guitarist who died at 67, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Manhattan hospital where the music legend was treated and the doctor who treated him, according to court documents.

Frey died in January of 2016 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, according to an official statement on the Eagle's website.

Cindy Frey claims in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in New York state court that Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and Dr. Steven Itzkowitz were negligent in treating Frey, which led to the rock 'n' roller's death.

She said they failed to treat her husband's ulcerative colitis and associated diseases, diagnose and treat his infections and respiratory issues and did not give proper medical advice.

Image: Honorees Glenn Frey and his wife Cindy
Honorees Glenn Frey and his wife Cindy arrive at the 10th Annual Lupus LA Orange Ball in Beverly Hills, California on May 6, 2010. Chris Pizzello AP file

"As a result of the foregoing acts of negligence, Glenn Frey was rendered sick, sore, lame and disabled, suffered injuries, pain, mental anguish, was compelled to seek medical care and attention, incurred expenses thereof, and was permanently injured and disabled until the time of his death," the suit alleges.

According to Reuters, the case was filed just before New York's statute of limitations for wrongful death cases expired.

Cindy Frey's lawyer, Eric Turkewitz, declined to comment. Mount Sinai spokesman Matt Koszar said that the hospital would not comment on pending litigation.

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The suit said that Itzkowitz "was negligent and careless in the services rendered for and on behalf of Glenn Frey," while Frey was in the doctor's care from Oct. 19, 2015 to November 2015.

The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of money and says "his family was deprived of his care, guidance and support, and they have suffered [financial] damage." Cindy Frey had three children with Glenn Frey and controls the musician's estate.

Glenn Frey founded The Eagles with Don Henley, who acted as drummer and co-lead singer, along with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. The band was extremely successful in the 1970s and early 1980s, and Frey wrote or co-wrote some of the Eagles' biggest hits, including "Take it Easy," "The Best of My Love," "Desperado," and "Hotel California."

Frey then enjoyed a second successful career as a solo artist who made long-remembered songs associated with the TV police drama "Miami Vice" and the popular 1984 comedy "Beverly Hills Cop."

"He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction," Henley said in a statement shortly after Frey's death. "But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved."