“Two Tickets to Paradise” Singer Eddie Money Dead at 70

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Eddie Money, singer of such hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” has passed away after battling stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70.

The family released a statement about the singer’s passing. “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.”

Born Edward Mahoney, Eddie Money, began his career in the 1970s, garnering a long list of hits through the ’70s and ’80s, which include “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets to Paradise”, “Think I’m in Love”, “Shakin'”, “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Walk on Water.”

Earlier this year, Eddie was dealing health issues that caused him to cancel his tour in July. After a routine checkup the singer discovered he had stage 4 cancer, sharing the news with his fans.

He announced the news to fans during his AXS TV reality series called “Real Money.”

“I thought I was just going in to get a checkup and he told me I got cancer,” Eddie said in the video. “We found out I had cancer and it was stage four and it was in my liver and my lymph nodes and a little bit in my stomach. It hit me really hard.”

Eddie is survived by his wife Laurie, who he wed in 1989, their five children: Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond.

R.I.P. Eddie.