NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Popular 1970’s and 80’s singer Eddie Money has died.
The 70-year-old produced a string of radio-friendly hits, including “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Shakin.'”
He is perhaps best known for his 1978 hit “Two Tickets To Paradise” — a duet with Ronnie Spector of the 1960’s girl band “The Ronnettes.”
Born Edward Mahoney in New York, money spent two years as a New York police officer before moving to northern California to pursue a music career.
He sold 30 million records during his decades-long career.
This success also took him through the depths of drug and alcohol abuse, which almost cost him his life during an overdose in the 80’s.
Eddie money didn’t stop touring until this year.
Money and his family starred in a reality TV series on AXS called “Real Money”
In a clip for the second season of the show last month, he revealed he had been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer.
He succumbed to that illness Friday.
Money leaves behind a wife and five children.