Who Inherited the Estate of Glenn Frey?

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Glenn Frey left both a legacy of music for the world and provision for his family.

Many people dream of being a guitarist in a successful band.

Few realize this dream.

Glenn Frey was one of the few fortunate and talented individuals who made a living from making music for the enjoyment of the masses.

With hits like “Take It Easy” and “Hotel California,” the Eagles rose to popularity in the 1970s and remained beloved and influential in the following decades.

The Eagles was one of my favorite bands as a lad and have retained that status.

I fondly remember experiencing Glenn Frey and his bandmates live in the fall of my senior year of high school with my running buddy Kevin Stolworthy.

To be more precise, it was Wednesday, November 24, 1976 (yes, Virginia, Kyle is that old).

Oh, by the way, this was their set list that evening:

  1. Hotel California
  2. Lyin’ Eyes
  3. Wasted Time
  4. Take It to the Limit
  5. Desperado
  6. New Kid in Town
  7. Turn to Stone
  8. Already Gone
  9. One of These Nights
  10. Funk #49
  11. Good Day in Hell
  12. Rocky Mountain Way
  13. Witchy Woman
  14. James Dean
  15. Best of My Love
  16. Walk Away
  17. Tequila Sunrise

I digress.

According to a recent Microsoft article titled “Late Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Left All of His Fortune to His Wife of 26 Years,” Glenn Frey found success professionally and personally.

Glenn Frey left his estate to his wife.
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey used both a family trust and a last will and testament in his estate plan.

Although married twice, his second marriage lasted 25 years until his death on January 18, 2016, from complications from pneumonia, acute ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

According to his Eagles bandmate Don Henley, Glenn had a strong worth ethic and deep love for his wife and three children.

Consequently, no one was surprised when he left his estate to his wife, Cindy Millican.

Glenn Frey met Cindy while shooting a music video.

Having her own chronic illness of Lupus, Cindy is active in nonprofits.

Quite capable, Cindy was named part of the Donna Karan Ambassador Program to raise awareness and was also highlighted in the 2013 Lupus LA newsletter.

When Frey named Cindy the executor of his estate, he had every reason to believe she would be more than capable of distributing personal assets like clothing, jewelry, and furnishings per his wishes.

Should she have been unable to fulfill the responsibilities for any reason, Frey also named attorney Barry Greenfield and Eagles manager Irving Azoff as co-executors.

Cindy Millican filed a copy of his last will and testament with the court.

Although she did not have the original, the courts accepted the copy as long as there was no will contest.

What do we know about the estate of Glenn Frey?

The last will and testament listed assets valued at $100,000 as well as a family trust.

Dollars to donuts, the majority of his wealth is likely held in this private trust.

From what we know from court records, the sole beneficiary of his estate was his wife.

Because trusts are private and confidential, not a matter of public record, we can speculate that his children are the successor beneficiaries after Cindy.

Compared to many celebrity estates, Glenn Frey left his affairs in order and simplified settlement for his loved ones.

Way to go, Glenn.

You finished well.


Reference: Microsoft (July 10, 2023) “Late Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Left All of His Fortune to His Wife of 26 Years”

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