A representative for Eddie Money has confirmed to People that the legendary rocker died on Friday of complications from a recent heart valve replacement surgery. He was 70 years old.
The musician's family announced his passing in a statement. "The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," the statement reads. "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."
Money revealed his stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis last month. He received the diagnosis last fall while taping the second season of his popular reality series "Real Money", which he and his wife, Laurie, executive produced.
"I thought I was going in to get a checkup, and he told me that, uh, I got cancer," Money said in a clip from the show. Laurie then explained: "It's in his esophagus, the top of his stomach… it's also spread to his liver."
"It hit me really, really hard," Money continued. "I don't want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody. It's not honest. I want to be honest with everybody." He added that cancer treatment has come "a long way" and that "not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the '50s and the '60s. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows. It's in God's hands. But you know what? I'll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day."
At the time of his death, Money was still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. The heart issue was a condition unrelated to his cancer.
With a career spanning over 40 years, the 70-year-old Money has long established himself as one of rock's most beloved entertainers. After leaving his native Brooklyn for the Berkeley music scene in the 1970s, Money quickly rose to fame on the strength of a slew of successful albums and Top 40 hits, including "Two Tickets To Paradise", "Take Me Home Tonight", "Shakin'", "Think I'm In Love", "Baby Hold On" and many more.