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Big moneymaker from the ‘80s died on Sept. 13, 2019, at the age of 70. According to a representative who spoke to People, Money “succumbed to complications from a recent heart valve replacement.”
“The Money family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. 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.”
His death came less than a month after announcing he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer.
In a clip from Season 2 of “Real Money,” he said, “I thought I was just going in to get a checkup and [the doctor] told me that I got cancer.” The show, “Real Money,” follows the lives of the musician, his wife Laurie, and their five children.
The diagnoses came in the fall of 2018, during filming for season two of his AXS TV reality series. It was announced that he had recovered from his heart valve replacement in the summer of 2019.
After developing pneumonia, Money canceled the rest of his tour dates in July.
“We are incredibly saddened to hear that Eddie Money passed away. Our thoughts are with Laurie, Jesse, Dez, Joe, Julian, and Zach at this time,” AXS TV told People. The network will be airing the last five episodes of the show,and will play a special tribute on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019.
Money became famous in the ‘70s and ‘80s with hit songs like, “Walk on Water,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “Baby Hold On.”
Initially, Money tried to follow in the footsteps of his father, who was a New York City Police Officer. He actually entered an NYPD training program before he quit and moved to California.
In 2018, he told Rolling Stone that he would have made a lenient cop.
Throughout his career, Money scored 11 Top 30 Hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 and “Take Me Home Tonight” earned a Grammy nomination.
In 1981, Eddie Money overdosed on fentanyl. The overdose left him with a damaged sciatic nerve. He recounted the incident in his 1982 hit album, “No Control.”
He told people in 1996, “It was very scary. I was in physical therapy for more than a year.”
By Jeanette Smith
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