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Eddie Money, hit-maker behind 'Take Me Home Tonight' and 'Baby Hold On,' dies at 70

Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times on

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Singer-songwriter Eddie Money, a former New York police officer who became the hit-maker behind 1970s and '80s songs including "Take Me Home Tonight," "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise," has died. He was 70.

The musician died Friday, according to a family statement to the Associated Press. Money, whose real name was Edward Joseph Mahoney, had Stage 4 esophageal cancer.

In July, two months after the singer had heart valve surgery, his family announced that he was "recovering and doing well," but had decided to postpone all tour dates and a planned album release. "While it was a very hard decision to make, focusing on Eddie's health is the most important thing to the family at the moment," they said in a statement on social media.

In 1987, he received a Grammy Award nomination for "Take Me Home Tonight," which featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector. He and his family also starred in the AXS TV reality series "Real Money," which debuted in 2018.

Money is survived by his wife and five children.

 

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