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Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ hitmaker, dies

SFGate Friday, 13 September 2019
Eddie Money, the shaggy-haired singer-songwriter who once reigned over FM radio with blue-collar rock hits such as “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” died on Friday, Sept. 13, in Los Angeles. He was 70.

The cause was complications from stage four esophageal cancer, his family said in a statement. Money, who began his singing career in the Bay Area, revealed he was battling the disease in August via a promo reel for the second season of his AXS TV reality series, “Real Money.”

“The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” the statement read. “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.”

In the “Real Money” episode that aired the night before he died, Money said he discovered he had cancer during a routine checkup and that the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

“What I don’t want to do is I don’t want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody,” Money said. “It’s not honest. I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer has come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows? It’s in God’s hands.”

Edward Joseph Mahoney was born on March 21, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Expelled from Franklin K. Lane High School for forging his report card at age 16, his family moved to Plainedge, Long Island, where he joined a local band called Grapes of Wrath and graduated from Island Trees High School in 1967. Coming from a long line of of police officers, he spent about two years working as a clerk...
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