Eddie Money, whose string of rock hits in the late 1970s and ’80s included “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 70.
His family announced the death in a statement. Mr. Money, whose birth name was Edward Mahoney, had announced last month that he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.
He and his family have been the focus of a reality television show on AXS TV, “Real Money.” The episode in which he discussed his cancer was broadcast the night before he died.
Mr. Money, the son of a police officer, was headed for that career himself when he dropped out of the New York Police Academy to move to San Francisco in pursuit of rock stardom. He found it in 1978 when “Baby Hold On,” from his self-titled debut album, reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Then came “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Maybe I’m a Fool,” among other hits, but in the early 1980s Mr. Money struggled with drugs. He staged several comebacks, however; his hits later in the 1980s included “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Walk on Water.”
A full obituary will follow shortly.