Randy Meisner: Eagles founding member dies aged 77 – 

At the age of 77, American bassist and singer Randy Meisner, who was a founding member of the rock group Eagles, passed away.

Meisner co-wrote the song "Take It To The Limit," on which he also provided lead vocals, and he contributed to the group's formation in 1971.

The mega-hits Hotel California and The Best of My Love by the California quintet also benefited from his beautiful high harmonies.

The Eagles' official website announced his passing on Thursday, calling him "integral" and "instrumental" to their early success.

Meisner's chronic obstructive lung disease complications led to his death.

Eagles, Desperado, On The Border, One of These Nights, and Hotel California are among the band's f

 first five albums that benefited from Meisner's catchy bass lines and falsetto vocals.

Take It to the Limit, his signature ballad, demonstrates his amazing vocal range," the statement read.

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