Eighties hitmaker Eddie Money died Friday following complications from stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70.
“The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” his family said in a statement to PEOPLE magazine. “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.”
Money, known for “Two Tickets to Paradise,” succumbed less than a month after he announced that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
“I thought I was just going in to get a checkup and (the doctor) told me that I got cancer,” Money said on season two of his reality show Real Money. The show follows the daily lives of the musician, his wife Laurie and their five children.
Money rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with hit songs like “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Walk on Water” and “Baby Hold On.”
The son of a New York City Police Officer, Money initially tried to follow in his father’s footsteps before quitting and moving to California.
“I would have been a very lenient cop,” Money told Rolling Stone in 2018.
Money scored 11 Top 30 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 and his hit “Take Me Home Tonight” earned him a Grammy nomination.
In 1981, Money overdosed on fentanyl. The incident left him with a badly damaged sciatic nerve, which he recounted in his hit 1982 album No Control.
“It was very scary,” he told PEOPLE in 1996. “I was in physical therapy for more than a year.”
He later decided to join a 12-step program and got married in 1989. He and Laurie Money had five children — Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond.