Randy Meisner, Founding Eagles Bassist Dead at 77

Randy Meisner, the founding bassist for The Eagles and the vocalist on their hit song, “Take It to the Limit,” is dead at 77 years old.

Confirmation of Meisner’s passing came on Thursday afternoon in the form of a post made to the blog on The Eagles’ website. According to the statement, Meisner died on the evening of Wednesday, July 26th, due to complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and instrumental in the early success of the band,” the statement read. “His vocal range was astonishing, as is evident on his signature ballad, ‘Take It to the Limit.’” Listen to a live version of the song from 1976 below.