Legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a friend to many celebrities, and the recently deceased Eagles founding member Glenn Frey was one of them.
Following Frey’s passing, Abdul-Jabbar released a short touching tribute to the musician.
“I have just heard about the death of Glenn Frey of The Eagles Band. Glenn was a consummate musician and he was a die hard Laker-fan,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote on Facebook. “Most importantly to me, he was a friend whose caring and generosity were always in evidence.”
As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated.
On January 18, 2016, Frey died at the age of 67 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, while recovering from intestinal surgery.
Abdul-Jabbar wrote he first met Frey in the early 1980s and continued to enjoy spending time with him and some of the other band members.
“His warmth and generosity will be remembered for a long time. RIP Glenn, I’ll always love you bro,” said Abdul-Jabbar’s message.
Abdul-Jabbar was selected 1st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 NBA Draft. He was a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.
In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Abdul-Jabbar played 1560 games in the NBA, averaging 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg in 36.8 mpg.
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