Eddie Money, the legendary singer and songwriter whose hits included “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight," died on Friday.
He was 70 years old.
The tragic news was confirmed by Money's family, who said in a statement:
“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."
No official cause of death has been announced, but Money had recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.
The artist released all his best-known songs in the 1980s, but he remained relevant and in the news almost up until his passing.
A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” acgually aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. It tracked the singer's life at home and with his family, letting viewers in on the time about his health struggles.
Money also made his home in the Bay Area and performed at the city’s clubs regularly, all the way through 2017.
A star of MTV’s formative years, taking full advantage of the music video craze way back in the day, Money garnered major chart success with the singles as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and in 1986 “Take Me Home Tonight."
The latter of which was a duet with Ronnie Spector and it dominated the airwaves for months.
Money was signed to Columbia Records and released 11 albums throughout his career.
In an interview with Rolling Stone conducted last year, Money said that, despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.”
In a self-deprecating manner that he often displayed in public, Money capped this conversation as follows, making a reference to his home life and his family:
"The kids aren’t in jail, they’re not in rehab, nobody’s wrecked the car this week and there’s still milk in the refrigerator. I’m having a good month.”
Earlier this year, Money underwent heart valve surgery earlier and then contracted pneumonia after the procedure, leading to his cancellation of a planned summer tour.
The veteran singer is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Laurie, and five kids: Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian and Desmond.
He sold more than 28 million records over the course of multiple decades.
May Eddie Money rest in peace.