Eddie Money is dead. The “Two Tickets to Paradise” singer and reality TV star crossed over to the other side of the cosmic divide yesterday shortly after being diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer that had metastasized to his stomach and liver. He was 70 years old.
His family broke the news with the following statement:
“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.”
Money released his first album, Eddie Money, in 1978. The record featured hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and ultimately sold more than 2 million copies. Other Money hits over the years included “Take Me Home Tonight” and “I Wanna Go Back.”
Tributes from fellow musicians poured in as news of Money’s death spread.
REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin said:
“When I called Eddie Money to join us in Thousand Oaks for a benefit show earlier this year, he immediately came on board. Eddie’s presence made any room he entered a happier place. He shared back then that he had been fighting cancer, and winning. But he also said he wasn’t completely out of the woods. His spirits were good, and he was joking, as always. I am sick with the news of his passing. Just too sad. Our condolences go out to his wife Laurie who was always by his side, and his children whom Eddie loved so dearly. REO will be adding ‘Two Tickets to Paradise,’ the song we played with Eddie so many times over the years of touring together, to our set at the Kaboo Festival tonight.”
Other statements honoring Money’s memory came from the likes of Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Huey Lewis and Foreigner.