Songwriter and rocker Eddie Money died on Friday, his family says. He was 70.
His most famous songs include “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Shakin'” and “Baby Hold On.”
A statement provided by his family reads: “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.”
Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.
A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. It chronicled his life at home and with his family, revealing his health struggles.
Kid Rock paid tribute to Eddie Money with a performance of the singer’s 1982 hit “Shakin’” at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, a Detroit-area venue where Money performed 38 times over the course of his career, the Detroit News reports.
“I’m sure you heard that Eddie Money passed away today,” Rock told the crowd Friday during the song’s bridge. “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.”
According to Michigan Live, Money performed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre every year since 1992, even performing the inaugural concert at the venue. Money’s second-to-last concert was his annual Memorial Day weekend gig at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on May 25th. The following night, Money played his final show at Maricopa, Arizona’s Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino.