Eddie Money, who wrote 80s hit ‘Take Me Home Tonight,’ dies at 70

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010 file photo, Eddie Money sings the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game between Kansas and Missouri in Lawrence, Kan. Eddie Money says he has stage 4 esophageal cancer. The singer known for such hits as “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Take Me Home Tonight” says his fate is in “God’s hands.” Money’s comments appear in a video released Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.” The full episode airs Sept. 12.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Eddie Money, the beloved rocker known for hits including “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died on Friday at age 70.

“The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,” his family announced in a statement obtained by Variety and Fox News. “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.”

Last month, Eddie Money said he had stage 4 esophageal cancer. Money’s comments appeared in a video released Aug. 24 from his AXS TV reality series “Real Money.” The full episode aired Sept. 12 — yesterday.

In the video, Money says he discovered he had cancer after what he thought was a routine checkup. The 70-year-old whose real name is Edward Mahoney learned that the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Money said it hit him “really, really hard.”

He’s had numerous health problems recently including heart valve surgery earlier this year and pneumonia after the procedure, leading to his cancellation of a planned summer tour.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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