Eddie Money, ‘Real Money’ Star And Classic Rock Stalwart, Dead At 70

Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

Money was a staple from the late '70s and into the '80s, bursting onto the scene with "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On" and again reaching the charts in 1986 with "Take Me Home Tonight".

"It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father", the statement said. "It's so hard to imagine our world without him, however he will live on forever through his music", the Money family's statement read. In all he sold more than 28 million records, his website said.

Mahoney served as a police officer for the City of NY for two years before moving to Berkeley, California, where he donned his musician persona and began playing shows in local clubs and venues. It was during this transformative time that Mahoney changed his name to Eddie Money.

His big break came in 1976, when the young aspiring rocker made the acquaintance of legendary Bay Area promoter Bill Graham while performing at one of his events. "Every day above ground is a good day". He released 11 albums throughout his career.

Eddie Money, a singer and musician best known for his 1977 hit "Two Tickets to Paradise", has died of cancer, Variety reports. In 1980 at the height of his fame, the singer, who got sober in 2001 thanks to a 12-step program, almost fatally overdosed from a mixture of barbiturate and phenobarbital (which he had mistaken for cocaine) and alcohol, damaging his kidneys and the sciatic nerve in his left leg; he was unable to walk for almost a year as a result. The flop of 1983 album "Where's the Party?" and the singer's struggles with drug addiction had threatened to end Money's career until "Take Me Home Tonight" turned everything around.

"I said, 'Ronnie, I got this song that's truly awesome and it's a tribute to you".

Money's arsenal of hits includes 1978's "Baby Hold On" (peak position on the U.S. chart: "No. 11) and "Two Tickets to Paradise" (No. 22), followed by "Maybe I'm a Fool" the following year (No. 22), "Think I'm in Love" (No. 16) and "Shakin" (No. 63) in 1982, "Take Me Home Tonight" in 1986, which reached No. 4 (his highest charting song) and 'Walk on Water" (No. 9) in 1988. He had few successes after the 1980s, but he continued to tour and record, and for decades would open the summer concert season at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.

Singer Richard Marx took to Twitter to remember Money.

Comedian Kevin James posted on his Instagram account a picture of Money when he appeared on his TV series "King of Queens", and wrote, "Gonna miss you, pal". The family dynamic was documented on a reality TV show Real Money that premiered past year.

Real Money premiered in April 2018 and followed the singer's life both at home and on the road and featured his wife, Laurie, and their five children.