Eddie Money, Veteran Rocker, Dies at 70

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Eddie Money (Photo: Stewart Volland via AXS TV)

Legendary rocker Eddie Money, who scored with such chart hits as “Baby Hold On,” Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” died today, September 13. His family announced the news. On August 24, it was learned that Money had developed esophageal cancer, but just days ago he had to halt his treatments for the illness.

The family’s statement of the rocker’s death said, “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.”

Related: Money is being mourned by fellow rockers and the NYPD

In a September 9 report from TMZ, the outlet cited a source close to Money, who said that the performer “developed pneumonia related to his [recent] heart valve procedure” and is now recovering at a private rehab center.

The complications forced the 70-year-old to stop his cancer treatments.

The cancer diagnosis was detailed in a special episode of his AXS TV reality show, Real Money, that aired on September 12. Real Money follows the daily lives of Money, his wife, and their five children, both at home and on the road. The series returned to AXS TV’s fall schedule on a new night and time, Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.

TMZ was also the first to report the news of Money’s cancer diagnosis on August 24, several hours before AXS TV sent out a news release.

From the AXS TV announcement: Money received the diagnosis last fall while taping the second season of his popular reality series, which he and his wife, Laurie, executive produce. “I thought I was just going in to get a checkup,” says Money.

Watch a preview of the Sept. 12 episode and cancer revelation here

Money is still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. The heart issue was a condition unrelated to his cancer.

On May 28, he announced that he would be taking time off after his doctors recommended the minimally invasive procedure after Money, 70, began to experience shortness of breath. The doctors preferred the surgery be completed the previous week, however Money did not want to cancel his two scheduled Memorial Day weekend shows. The procedure took place while Money had a break in his concert dates.

Following the heart procedure, Money’s Facebook page offered a brief update on June 6:

“The Money Family appreciates and is very grateful for the thoughts and prayers of Eddie’s friends and fans as he continues to recuperate from his heart valve procedure. He looks forward to getting back on the road very soon, but in the meantime, he hopes that you’ll all join him this Sunday watching one of his personal favorite episodes of Real Money on AXS TV when the Moneys head to Deadwood, South Dakota for some forced family fun!!”

Born Edward Mahoney in New York on March 21, 1949, Money dropped out of the New York Police Academy in the ’70s to pursue a career in music. His biggest-ever hit was a duet with Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached #4 in 1986. He’s also well known for such hits as “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Walk on Water,” among many others.

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  1. Jackie
    #1 Jackie 25 August, 2019, 10:15

    Prayers for Eddie

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  2. Kelman
    #2 Kelman 3 September, 2019, 18:17

    We love you Eddie! You rocked our world and we wanna help you if we can!

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  3. Yvette
    #3 Yvette 10 September, 2019, 00:28

    OK EDDIE, ALL PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. YOU ARE A “WINNER”. YOU FIGHT BACK HARD. I AM IN YOUR CORNER…. GOD BLESS…

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  4. Ratbone
    #4 Ratbone 10 September, 2019, 00:59

    Fuck Cancer. I hate it. You got this Eddie. Kick Cancer’s ass!

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  5. Dave
    #5 Dave 11 September, 2019, 02:12

    Get well Eddie

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