Maureen McCormick, more celebrities react to death of beloved rocker Eddie Money
Born Edward Mahoney, Money launched his career in Berkeley in the '70s, landing Top 40 hits and platinum records over the next decade. USA TODAY
Celebrities are paying tribute to beloved rocker Eddie Money, who died Friday at age 70.
“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," family spokesperson Cindy Ronzoni confirmed to USA TODAY. "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, who is known for hits including "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Two Tickets to Paradise," announced in August that he was battling stage four esophageal cancer.
Here's how stars are paying tribute to the rocker on social media, starting off with "The Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick.
"Rest In Peace My Dear Friend Eddie Money. I was so honored to be one of your background singers," she wrote. "Sending all my heartfelt condolences to Laurie and the family.Thinking of you and sending my love."
In a statement to USA TODAY, Mark Cuban said it was sad to lose "a true American original and a rock legend."
"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," the statement continued. "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."
Musician Charlie Daniels reflected on the “sad news,” writing, “Rest in peace Buddy.”
Singer Chris Kirkpatrick tweeted he was "really sad to hear about" Money's death, referring to him as "a legend."
Musician Ronnie James Dio's wife remembered him in a lengthy tweet.
"It is with a very sad heart that we learnt this morning that Eddie Money passed away. He was such a kind, generous man who gave his time & talent many times to perform for our charity events," she wrote. "Sending our deepest sympathy to his wife, Laurie & his children. Rest In Peace Wendy Dio"
Actor Jeffrey Wright shared a performance clip along with the message: "Eddie Money. My dude. RIP"
Michael McKean tweeted, "Long Island rock takes a hit. RIP Eddie Money."