Some sad news in the music world. Rocker Eddie Money passed away Friday at the age of 70. According to TMZ, Money died from complications from a heart valve replacement he had earlier this year. In addition to the surgery, he recently revealed that he was battling stage 4 esophageal cancer.
“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” read a statement from the family. “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 released his self-titled debut album in 1977, which contained three chart-topping songs, including his classics “Baby Hold On,” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” as well as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.” He released a total of 11 albums, with his biggest hit coming in 1986 with his Ronnie Spector collaboration, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached number four on the "Billboard" Hot 100 chart.
“Eddie’s voice was soulful Rock & Roll, I just loved it. That’s really why we got together in the first place,” Spector said in a statement. “I loved his voice, he loved mine. He introduced me to a whole new generation of fans in the 1980s with our recording and video of ‘Take Me Home Tonight.'”
Meanwhile, Kid Rock paid tribute to Money with a performance of the 1982 hit “Shakin’” at the Detroit-area DTE Energy Music Theatre (formerly known as Pine Knob). "I'm sure you heard that Eddie Money passed away today,” Rock told the crowd. "And not only was Detroit like a second home, I'm sure many of you know that Pine Knob was absolutely his house. He opened this place every summer for decades. So we wanted to come sing one tonight and pay tribute to him. So rock on Eddie." Check it out below
Several other celebrities paid tribute to Money on social media. Check out the reactions below: