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‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Eddie Money, Dies at 70

‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Eddie Money, Dies at 70

Recently it was revealed that the musician had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Singer-songwriter Eddie Money whose songs were popular throughout the 1980s died on Friday, September 13, reported Variety. With songs like “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight” the gritty-voiced singer died at the age of 70. It was reported that he was battling cancer. His family issued a statement which read: 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. Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.



 

Money had a number of popular hits that included  1978’s”Baby Hold On” (peak position on the U.S. chart: No. 11) and “Two Tickets to Paradise” (No. 22),  “Take Me Home Tonight” in 1986, which reached No. 4 (his best performing song) and “Walk on Water” (No. 9) in 1988. The singer got pulled into the world of drugs and alcohol unfortunately during this time and nearly died of an overdose that left him unable to walk for a year.  A reality show depicting his life (including his health issues) along with his family had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018. 

Musician Eddie Money performs on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017, in San Jose, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

 

Money has left behind his wife Laurie and 5 children, daughter Jesse Money, and sons Zachary, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian. Said Mark Cuban, founder of AXS TV, “We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through. His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met. We have sincerely enjoyed working with him and his entire talented family on his reality show ‘Real Money’, and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Laurie; their children Zach, Jesse, Joe, Dez and Julian; and his many friends during this difficult time. He will be missed immensely by all of those who knew and loved him. But, if we know Eddie, he’s rocking right now in heaven, doing what he always loved.”



 

 

The singer is also known for his sense of humor, both in his music videos and in interviews. In an interview last year he said that despite his string of hit songs, he “missed the boat when it [came] to the big money.”  He jokingly added, “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.”

In honor of Eddie Money, donations can be made to the Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, go here.

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