Rock band Eagles co-founding member Randy Meisner dies aged 77

Randy Meisner, who was a co-founding member of legendary rock band the Eagles, died due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease, according to the website of the group. He was 77.

Randy Meisner is known for songs like “Take It Easy” , “The Best of My Love” and the waltz-time ballad “Take It to the Limit." Photo courtesy: Randy Meisner Twitter

In a statement, the group said: " The Eagles are sad to report that founding member, bassist, and vocalist, Randy Meisner, passed away last night (July 26) in Los Angeles at age 77, due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD)."

Randy Meisner is known for hits and favourites such as Take It to the Limit, Take It Easy and The Best of My Love. 

As the original bass player for the pioneering country-rock group, Poco, Randy was at the forefront of the musical revolution that began in Los Angeles, in the late 1960s.

In 1971, Randy, along with Glenn Frey, Don Henley, and Bernie Leadon, formed the Eagles and contributed to the band's albums, Eagles, Desperado, On The Border, One of These Nights, and Hotel California. He was inducted with the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band. His vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, 'Take It to the Limit',” said the Eagles.

Prior to Poco, he was a bassist and vocalist with Rick Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band.

Randy was born on March 8, 1946, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.