Billy Joel's mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, has passed away. She died in hospice care on Long Island, at the age of 92 on Sunday.
Rosalind Joel was the inspiration for many of her son's songs, including "Rosalinda's Eyes."
Born in 1922 in Brooklyn, she married Howard Joel in 1946. After living in The Bronx, the Joels moved to Hicksville, before divorcing in 1957.
In lieu of flowers, the Joel family requests that donations be made in her name to The Little Shelter, 33 Warner Road, Huntington, NY 11743.
We send our thoughts and condolences to Billy, Alexa Ray, and the entire Joel family.
Photo: Billy Joel performs at The Paramount, Huntington: Donald Traill/AP