Money, real name Edward Mahoney, was best known for his hits Two Tickets to Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight
Singer Eddie Money died Friday at the age of 70 after a battle with stage four esophageal cancer.
Money, real name Edward Mahoney, was best known for his hits Two Tickets to Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father,” his family said in a statement to Variety. “We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.”
Money revealed he had cancer in August. A reality TV show about his family titled Real Money premiered in 2018 and had documented his family life and degrading health. Its second season wrapped in June.
“I thought I was just going in to get a checkup, and he told me I got cancer,” Money said on the show, adding that the news hit him “really, really hard.”
“I want people to know that cancer’s come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the ’50s and ’60s. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows, it’s in God’s hands. But you know what? I’ll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day,” Money said.
Money was born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, according to his website.
Before rising to stardom, Money worked as a police officer in Brooklyn with his father for two years. He moved to San Francisco in 1968 where he met promoter Bill Graham who eventually became his manager and helped him sell multiple platinum records in Canada and the U.S.
Every day above ground is a good day
The singer made a name for himself performing in Bay area clubs early in his career before climbing the charts and appearing regularly on MTV. He released 11 albums, starting with his self-titled record in 1977 which included Two Tickets. His latest album, Brand New Day, was released in July.
He was known for having a sense of humour in both his personal and professional life. Last year he told Rolling Stone what he considered to be a good month: “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.”
With files from Reuters