Eric Lowen, a singer-songwriter in the folk duo Lowen and Navarro and co-writer of Pat Benatar's hit "We Belong," died on Friday (March 23) at a Los Angeles hospital following a lengthy health battle, the band announced. He was 60.
In a statement posted to its website, the group that also includes Dan Navarro, said Lowen "peacefully ended his nine-year standoff with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease), surrounded by family and awash in 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."
Along with songwriting partner Navarro, Lowen penned "We Belong" for Benatar in 1984 for her "Tropico" album. The track peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be covered by numerous artists, including Double Dare.
Lowen and Navarro also wrote songs for The Triplets, David Lee Roth, the Bangles and Dave Edmunds through the years. They started recording as a folk duo in 1990 and released a handful of albums, including "Walking on a Wire" and "Scratch at the Door."
In 2004 Lowen was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a rare and incurable disease that causes paralysis. They last played live in 2009 and a year later, a charity album titled "Keep the Light Alive: Celebrating the Music of Lowen & Navarro" was released to benefit Lowen and ALS organizations. It featured songs performed by the Bangles, Jackson Browne and Five for Fighting.