Eddie Money, ‘Real Money’ Star And Classic Rock Stalwart, Dead At 70

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A statement provided by his family: "The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning".

During that decade-plus, Money also descended into drug and alcohol abuse, almost dying of an overdose that left him unable to walk for a year. Money had recently announced that he had advanced cancer. In 1980 at the height of his fame, the singer, who got sober in 2001 thanks to a 12-step program, almost fatally overdosed from a mixture of barbiturate and phenobarbital (which he had mistaken for cocaine) and alcohol, damaging his kidneys and the sciatic nerve in his left leg; he was unable to walk for almost a year as a result. As Money explained to Rolling Stone: "I said, 'My wife always looks like a million bucks and she spends so much money on clothes and I hate it".

"I thought I was going in for a check-up and [the doctor] told me I have cancer", Money said.

"It hit me really, really hard", Money continued.

- Eddie Money, the singer known for such hits as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" has died at the age of 70, according to FOX News.

Death, taxes and Eddie Money opening Pine Knob for the season.

2 Eddie Money performs at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis Minnesota
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Born Edward Joseph Mahoney on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, he spent his childhood dreaming of a musical career, but chose to follow in his father's footsteps in the path of public service after high school.

In 1987, the husky-voiced, blue collar performer received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for "Take Me Home Tonight", which featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector.

Money signed with Columbia Records in 1976, and his debut album, "Eddie Money", went double-platinum.

Money's cancer wasn't his first health struggle.

Rick Springfield also paid tribute to Money on Twitter. His daughter, Jesse Money, made a decision to follow in her father's footsteps as a musician and began joining her father on tour as a backup singer in the latter part of his career.

The Moneys had five children, Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian. The family dynamic was documented on a reality TV show Real Money that premiered past year. Just this year, he underwent a minor heart valve procedure in May and came down with pneumonia in July.

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