Eighties hitmaker Eddie Money died on Friday at age 70. A representative confirmed to PEOPLE he succumbed to complications from a recent heart valve replacement.
“The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” his family said in a statement to PEOPLE. “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 “Two Tickets to Paradise” singer’s death came less than a month after he announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.
“I thought I was just going in to get a checkup and [the doctor] told me that I got cancer,” Money said in a clip from season two of his reality show Real Money. The show follows the daily lives of the musician, his wife Laurie and their five children.
I was never what you’d call a huge fan of his stuff, but no matter. Two friends of mine knew him fairly well—one of them, a Suffolk County officer himself, during Money’s NYPD days; he’s also chummy with Ed’s cop brother Dan—and they both swear that Ed was simply one of the nicest guys you’d ever hope to meet: warm, kind, decent, and unpretentious almost to a fault. You gotta love this quote from Eddie’s wife of thirty years:
“I really didn’t know who he was,” she told People. “I used to get him mixed up with John Mellencamp.”
Heh. May God bless and welcome you, Ed, and may He comfort and sustain your family in their grief. Rest ye well.