Eddie Money, whose upbeat pop-rock hits were a fixture of popular culture from 1978 through the 1980s, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, according to media reports. Money revealed in August that he had been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer. He was 70.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in New York, Money began his assault on the pop charts with “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” both released in 1978. They were followed by a string of 1980s hits including “Think I’m in Love,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”
Money and his family were featured in a reality show, “Real Money,” which premiered on AXS TV in April 2018.
Money battled drug addiction for much of his life and was a longtime smoker. His family confirmed his death, releasing a statement that said in part: “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.”