American singer and bassist Randy Meisner, founding member of the band Eagles, has died at the age of 77, the group announced in a press release.

He had founded one of the bands that sold the most albums in the history of rock: Randy Meisner, bassist and co-creator of the band Eagles, died at 77, the British group announced in a press release published on Thursday July 27 on their site. “The Eagles are saddened to announce that founding member, bassist and vocalist Randy Meisner passed away last night (July 26) in Los Angeles at the age of 77,” reads the document, which explains that the musician died “due to complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” from which he suffered.

“Randy was an integral part of the Eagles and contributed to the group’s early success. His vocal range was astonishing, as evidenced by his signature ballad, Take It to the Limit,” the Eagles band members add in their statement.

Born March 8, 1946, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Randy Meisner got his start with another local band called The Dynamics in the 1960s, followed by another, The Poor and Poco at the end of the decade, before moving on. co-found Eagles, of which he will largely participate in the success. The group has sold over 150 million albums over a half-century career, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.