‘Two Tickets To Paradise” singer Eddie Money died at age 70 on Friday. In a statement released earlier this month, it was revealed that Money was suffering from stage 4 esophageal cancer.

“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.” a statement by his family released to the press read.

Money was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island. He briefly served with the NYPD for a couple years before moving out West to California to try his hand at the music business. in 1976. he met Bill Graham, who became his manager and helped him get a deal with Columbia Records.

Money was known for his comedic manner in both music videos and interviews. Despite his string of hit songs, he joked last year that he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.” But ended the conversation saying, “The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”

Mark Cuban put out a statement expressing his sympathies: “We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through. His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met. We have sincerely enjoyed working with him and his entire talented family on his reality show ‘Real Money’, and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Laurie; their children Zach, Jesse, Joe, Dez and Julian; and his many friends during this difficult time. He will be missed immensely by all of those who knew and loved him. But, if we know Eddie, he’s rocking right now in heaven, doing what he always loved.”

Following his death fans have been paying tribute in the form of sales and song downloads. According to BuzzAngle Music, compared with the previous day, Eddie Money’s U.S. album sales jumped 11,273% (3,000 albums) the day of his death, Sept. 13. His song sales were up 12,819% (18,345 song sales) and his songs were streamed 3.9 million times that same day.

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