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RIP Eddie Money

Whenever someone announces they have stage four of any kind of cancer, there’s plenty of reason to be concerned. Eddie Money revealed that very thing last month with his battle with esophageal cancer. It had spread to his lymph nodes and metastasized elsewhere including his liver, which comes with a grim prognosis. Eddie died early today (September 13).

He’d not been well for some time,. Heart issues not related to his cancer along with a case of pneumonia that caused him to cancel performances earlier in the summer.

Eddie’s health woes actually extend back more than 30 years. In 1981, during his drugs-and-alcohol period, he overdosed on fentanyl, which buggered up his sciatic nerve, leaving him unable to walk for about a year. Much physical therapy followed.

Money’s real name was Edward Mahoney. If that sounds like the name of an Irish NYC cop, you’d be right. He spent two years following in his father’s footsteps before bailing on the force and moving to San Francisco to follow his rock’n’roll dream.

He was lucky enough to fall in with the right bunch of fellows, resulting in a string of hits from “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On” to his biggest hit, the Ronnie Spector duet, “Take Me Home Tonight.”

More info here and here.

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2 thoughts on “RIP Eddie Money

  • Was the BTO reference deliberate?

    • Very deliberate. I was wondering if anyone would mention it.


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