Hit-making rock singer and songwriter Eddie Money died Friday morning at age 70.
In a statement issued to NPR, Money’s family said:
The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.
The news comes less than a month after Money revealed that he was battling stage IV esophageal cancer, which had spread to his liver, lymph nodes and stomach. The singer broke the bad news on an episode of his AXS TV series Real Money that aired just last night on Sept. 12. Earlier this year, Money announced he was undergoing a minor heart valve procedure, which he noted he had scheduled during a tour break in order to not let his fans down.
The singer is known for hits like “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” that are staples of 1970s and ‘80s rock. Money sat down to talk about his career with Crawdaddy in 2011, as well as giving some great acoustic performances of his classic songs.
When asked what his favorite songs of his career were, Money mentioned “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On,” but added that he cherished “a lot of great songs that I came up with in the past for some very special people. I always sang from my heart, and the songs that came were always very real to me and I think that the public picked up on the fact that they weren’t really contrived.”
You can watch Money’s full 2011 interview and performances below, plus a 1980 performance further down.