Eddie Money dead: 'Take Me Home Tonight' and 'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer dies at 70
Edward Mahoney was a big sensation during MTV's formative years, starring in a series of humorous music videos and blowing up charts with songs such as 'Baby Hold On' and 'Two Tickets to Paradise'
Prolific singer-songwriter Eddie Money died on Friday, September 13th, at age 70. He was known for hit numbers such as “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight”.
“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," a statement provided by his family reads. "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, whose real name was Edward Mahoney, had recently been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, Variety reports.
The artist's life at home with his family was chronicled in a reality television series “Real Money,” which aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. The show revealed how he battled his health struggles in day to day life.
Money performed regularly in a series of clubs in the Bay Area, which eventually became his home. He was a big sensation during MTV's formative years, starring in a series of humorous music videos and blowing up charts with songs such as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and in 1986 radio hit “Take Me Home Tonight” which was a duet with Ronnie Spector.
In an episode of "Real Money" scheduled to air September 12, Money revealed his cancer diagnosis after what he thought was a routine checkup.
The 70-year-old said the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes, adding that it hit him "really really hard."
According to the Associated Press, he was suffering from numerous health problems of late. Earlier this year, he had to undergo a heart valve surgery, and contracted pneumonia shortly after the procedure. He was forced to cancel a planned summer tour because of it.
Signed with the prestigious Columbia Records, Money released 11 albums throughout his illustrious career.
Speaking to Rolling Stone last year, Money revealed that despite consistently releasing hit numbers, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.”
"The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator," Money said in his typical self deprecating manner. "I’m having a good month.”