“An integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band”: Eagles founding bassist, Randy Meisner, dies aged 77

Randy Meisner of The Eagles
(Image credit: Richard E. Aaron / Getty)

Randy Meisner, best known as the original bassist of the Eagles, has died aged 77.

According to a statement from the Eagles, the bass player passed away in Los Angeles on July 26 after developing complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD). 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.