Sad news to pass along this Friday, as Eddie Money, known for his ubiquitous ’80s-era hits such as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” has passed away at the age of 70, it was announced by the singer‘s family.
“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.”
In late August, Money went public with the news that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer, and it was also expected to be part of the storyline of the new season of his AXS TV series, Real Money.
Variety’s piece includes a detailed look at his life, upbringing and career, giving some context as to how he became a successful musical act:
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, New York, Money, who grew up on Long Island, originally started out in law enforcement, his father’s profession, spending two years as a New York City police officer before deciding to try music. In Berkeley, Calif. following his move out west, he palled around with local musicians of the San Francisco club scene which led him to legendary promoter Bill Graham, whom Money met in 1976. Graham would become Money’s manager helping him achieve multi-platinum album sales in the 1980s.
Variety also notes that Eddie Money is survived by his wife, Laurie, and five children.
May he rest in peace.