Eddie Money Dead at 70

Eddie Money (née Edward Joseph Mahoney), the Brooklyn-born, Long Island-raised rocker famous for the hits “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Think I’m In Love,” and “Shakin'” died peacefully early Friday morning according to a statement released by his family.

Late last month, the singer revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, which is what ultimately took his life.

Photo: Steve Malinski, Monument Square – Troy, NY

The statement provided by his family said:

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 moved to Berkley, CA in 1968 and signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. He eventually charted in the late ’70s with the hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise” and became a fixture during the early days of MTV with hits such as “Shakin'” and the duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight.”

He is survived by his wife Laurie and five children, Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond.