Eddie Money, 'Two Tickets to Paradise' singer, dies at 70

Eddie Money, the prolific singer and songwriter whose songs “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin'” and “Take Me Home Tonight”  soundtracked popular music in the 1980s, died Friday morning. He was 70.

A statement provided by his family reads: “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.”

 

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CLARKSTON, MICHIGAN - MAY 25: Eddie Money performs at DTE Energy Music Theater on May 25, 2019 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MICHIGAN - MAY 25: Eddie Money performs at DTE Energy Music Theater on May 25, 2019 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - JANUARY 13: Eddie Money performs during the REO Speedwagon benefit concert at Fred Kavli Theatre on January 13, 2019 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 06: Singer Eddie Money performs onstage during the 2018 High Tide Beach Party at Huntington State Beach on October 6, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
ROYAL OAK, MI - SEPTEMBER 01: Eddie Money (L) and daughter Jesse Money perform at Arts, Beats and Eats Fesival on September 1, 2018 in Royal Oak, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - MAY 27: Singer Eddie Money performs onstage during day 2 of the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Music Festival on May 27, 2018 in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Singer Eddie Money performs at the 5th Annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure, a concert benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at The Fillmore on May 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Eddie Money and Scott Goldman speak during An Evening With Eddie Money at The GRAMMY Museum on March 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman and musician Eddie Money attend An Evening With Eddie Money at The GRAMMY Museum on March 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Eddie Money (L) and Laurie Money attend Paul & Dee Dee Sorvino celebrate their Bestselling Book "Pinot, Pasta & Parties" in the Hollywood Hills at 1476 Blue Jay Way on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: Eddie Money performs during the 2017 iHeart80s Party at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by John Medina/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 28: Musician Eddie Money attends the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Singer-songwriter Eddie Money attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors at Taglyan Complex on October 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Singer-songwriter Eddie Money attends the Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors at Taglyan Complex on October 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Associated Television International)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 12: Singer Eddie Money performs on stage at the 80's Weekend held at Microsoft Theater on August 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
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Money recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.

A reality television series about Money and his family, “Real Money,” had aired on AXS TV starting in April. It chronicled his life at home and with his family, revealing his health struggles.

Money made his own in the Bay Area where he performed at the city’s clubs regularly. A star of MTV’s formative years, during which he starred in a series of comedic music videos, he saw major chart success with such songs as “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and in 1986 “Take Me Home Tonight”, a duet with Ronnie Spector, which was a radio hit. He was signed to Columbia Records and released 11 albums throughout his career.

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