Rock legend Eddie Money dead at age 70

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70: report

Singer Eddie Money reportedly dead at age 70

Singer-songwriter Eddie Money has died at the age of 70.

Over his career that spanned four decades, Money sold almost 30 million records.

Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ singer, dead at 70: report

Between 1978 and 1982, Money released four albums that made it into the Top 40 of Billboard's Top 200, with a slew of singles climbing into the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, including "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise", which peaked at No. 11 and No. 22, respectively. In 1980 at the height of his fame, the singer, who got sober in 2001 thanks to a 12-step program, almost fatally overdosed from a mixture of barbiturate and phenobarbital (which he had mistaken for cocaine) and alcohol, damaging his kidneys and the sciatic nerve in his left leg; he was unable to walk for almost a year as a result.

Read on to see what others had to say about Money. "It hit me really, really hard", he said in the clip. More recently, Money had been part of a reality television show with his family by the name of Real Money.

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Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn, New York, Money, who grew up on Long Island, originally started out in law enforcement, his father's profession, spending two years as a New York City police officer before deciding to try music.

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora tweeted "God Bless Eddie Money", while Debbie Gibson called him a "true legend". The flop of 1983 album "Where's the Party?" and the singer's struggles with drug addiction had threatened to end Money's career until "Take Me Home Tonight" turned everything around. Money remembered calling Spector, still traumatized from her years with ex-husband-producer Phil Spector, and convincing her to sing on his record.

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Comedian Kevin James posted on his Instagram account a picture of Money when he appeared on his TV series "King of Queens", and wrote, "Gonna miss you, pal".

He opened the music venue now called DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston for 28 straight years dating back to 1992.

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The Moneys had five children, Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Desmond, and Julian. His health struggles were documented in reality TV series Real Money, which debuted previous year (2018). Just this year, he underwent a minor heart valve procedure in May and came down with pneumonia in July.

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