Singer/songwriter Eric Lowen has passed away at the age of 60.
He lost his battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease at California's Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Hospital on Friday (23Mar12). Lowen was first diagnosed with the incurable neuromuscular disorder in 2004.
The star was born in Utica, New York but he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and became a singing waiter as he pursued a career in the entertainment business. While there, he met his future musical partner Dan Navarro and together the two went on to form successful duo Lowen & Navarro.
Later gaining notoriety for penning We Belong, a song made popular by Pat Benatar in 1984, the pair also wrote tunes for The Bangles, The Refugees, The Temptations, rocker David Lee Roth and John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting.
In addition, the group wrote several tracks for the big screen, including for the movie Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.
A message on Lowen & Navarro's official website reads, "Eric Lowen peacefully ended his nine-year standoff with Als (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease), surrounded by family and awash of love, gratitude and beautiful music. We all appreciate the support and well wishes that have come his way these many years, and will always hold dear the shining example he was, and still is, to us all."
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.