Eddie Money, who left behind a career as a New York police officer to become one of the top-selling rock stars of the 1970s and '80s, with hits like “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight,” has died. He was 70.
Publicist Cindy Ronzoni provided a statement from the family and said Money died Friday morning in Los Angeles. Money had recently announced that he had advanced cancer.
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.
He announced his cancer diagnosis via a video last month from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.”He had numerous health problems recently, including heart valve surgery this year and pneumonia after the procedure, leading to his cancellation of a planned summer tour.
The New York City native was born Edward Joseph Mahoney.
Money grew up in a family of police officers and served two years as a New York City police officer before he decided he'd rather be a singer, according to his website.
He had few successes after the 1980s, but he continued to tour and record, and for decades would open the summer concert season at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
For years, he lived too much like a rock star. In 1980, he sustained nerve damage in his legs after overdosing on alcohol and barbiturates, a near-tragedy he wrote about on his hit 1982 album “No Control.” He continued to struggle with alcohol addiction before joining a 12-step program in 2001.
Money did manage the rare rock achievement of a long-term marriage, more than 30 years to Laurie Harris, who would say that at first she confused him with John Mellencamp.
The Moneys had five children.