Popular 80s rock singer and songwriter, Eddie Money, died Friday, Sept. 13 at age 70. He was battling stage 4 esophageal cancer and other health problems.
Money is known for his hit songs: “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” Baby Hold On,” and “Shakin.”
In a statement to Rolling Stone, the family said “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.”
His death came a few weeks after his public announcement of his cancer diagnosis. He revealed his state of health in a promo for his upcoming reality TV show: Real Money. Money’s cancer had spread to his liver, lymph nodes, and part of his stomach.
Brooklyn native, Edward Joseph Mahoney, started off following in his father’s footsteps by working as a police officer in New York City. He left law enforcement in 1968, moved to the Bay Area, and changed his last name to become a musician. There, he met Bill Graham, who became a friend and manager, and later signed with Columbia Records.
In 1977, his self-titled debut went double platinum. This album featured “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” He released 12 albums over the span of his career. He was on track to release his final album this past July but it was put off due to heart valve surgery—which led to Money developing pneumonia (unrelated to his cancer). He was also set to go on tour this summer, but also cancelled that due to his health issues.
According to People.com, Money had 11 Top 30 hit songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart as well as being awarded a Grammy nomination for “Take Me Home Tonight.” Even though Money’s songs were not held at the utmost respect by rock critics of the time, they still charted frequently. Many of his songs are still well known today.
Money is survived by his wife and five children.