Eddie Money is famous for hits including "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File

U.S. rocker Eddie Money dies at 70

By Rob Kim

Eddie Money, the prolific American rocker known for a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s like "Take Me Home Tonight," has died, entertainment outlet Variety said Friday, citing his family. He was 70.

Money -- whose smashes included "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On" -- had been in poor health in recent years and revealed in August that he was battling stage four esophageal cancer.

"The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," the statement said.

"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."

Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn on March 21, 1949, the singer-songwriter became a regular at clubs in California's Bay Area, and found success with humorous music videos in the early days of MTV.

In recent years, a reality TV show about Money and his family, which aired on the AXS TV cable and satellite network, shed light on his health struggles.

In 2001, he had joined a 12-step program to deal with heavy drinking, saying he realized he didn't need alcohol "for my quick wit."

Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Money had been planning a new studio album that would have been his 12th. The artist had canceled his 2019 summer tour to focus on his health.

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Couldn't have been around the late 70s without hearing "Two Tickets to Paradise" being played on the radio.

First time I ever saw Appollonia was in his "Shaking" video and she was smoking hot! This was a year or two before "Purple Rain". Thanks Money and RIP.

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Great rocker, sad to see him go. I always appreciated the fact he brought Ronnie Spector's great voice back for a new generation to enjoy.

Hope Eddie has One Ticket to Paradise.

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Lots of fond memories growing up and listening to Eddie Money's music.


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He was a little before my time, but "Take Me Home Tonight," now that was a dope track!

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I remember the two or three weeks before his first appearance on SNL, he rehearsed at the studio where I worked. Every day, for at least 8 hours per day, for the entire 2 weeks, I had to listen to Two Tickets and Baby Hold On, over and over and over.

Great songs. But, it is possible to get tired of hearing them. Since it was over 40 years ago, I can listen to them again. I think it only took 10 years or so. :-)


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I remembered seeing Eddie Money on TV as a kid and my dad told me he started as a cop before getting famous. So I always associated Eddie Money with being a police officer. Recently though I found out he was only a police trainee. Anyways enough of my rambling. RIP Dude!

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