Eddie Money has died of cancer. He was 70. The grandson, son and brother of New York police officers, Edward Mahoney was an NYPD trainee until he chose to follow his musical dreams. Moving to the San Francisco Bay area, he was discovered by legendary manager Bill Graham. Under the stage name Eddie Money, he signed with Columbia Records, where his 1978 debut album spun off his first two hits, “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” Substance issues slowed his career at times, but he remained a popular tour attraction into the 2010s.
He also turned his life story into a theatrical piece. He has staged several productions of Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical — in which he serves as the narrator — over the past decade.
Money made several sitcom appearances including King of Queens, which starred fellow New Yorker Kevin James, and on the current Michael Douglas hit The Kominsky Method. Eddie and his family star in the current AXS TV reality series Real Money. But his most enduring TV moment came when he spoofed himself in a long-running GEICO commercial.
His family announced the death this (Friday) morning: “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.”
Source: Premiere Classic