Eddie Money has lost his battle with cancer. The beloved New York native rocker and AXS TV reality star died today, Sept. 13. He was 70 years old. The family announced his passing in a statement reported by Variety.
“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.”
Surviving Money is his wife of over 30 years and their five children Zach, Joe, Dez, Jesse, and Julian.
The charismatic singer-songwriter’s prolific career spanned for over four decades. During his incredible journey, he released a slew of hit songs including “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Shakin’,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Walk on Water” and more.
Last year, he launched his hit reality TV series “Real Money” on AXS TV. Money openly drew his fans and viewers into the often chaotic and frequently funny antics of him and his family as they lived, loved, and laughed their way through a variety of situations.
He recently announced his cancer diagnosis in an emotional “Real Money” preview clip. He said the news hit him “really, really hard” but he wanted to be honest with everyone and not hide the diagnosis.
Fans around the world are mourning his loss. As a means of paying tribute, we’re listing a few reasons why we think Eddie Money was the absolute best.
His Spectacular Song Catalog Speaks for Itself
Eddie Money blasted onto the music scene in the late ‘70s and stole everyone’s hearts with his long line of Top 40 hits and platinum record albums. In fact, many fans can probably weave a tapestry of important moments in their lives that happened as one of Money’s hits played on their stereo or the radio.
He had a knack for churning out catchy tunes like his signature hits “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Shakin’” and more. Money leaves a legacy of unforgettable tracks from 11 studio albums behind that fans will treasure across multiple generations.
His Shakin’ Video Had Us All Shakin’!
Coming up in the age of MTV and music videos taking over TV screens, Eddie Money released some iconic music videos. In the early years, he projected the puppy-eyed rock star to perfection. Can we ever forget the sight of him riding in that hot rod in the “Shakin’” video? Decked out in leather and smiling that smoldering smile, who could resist him?
He Loved to Perform Live
Money loved to entertain audiences. As a beloved staple performer in Detroit, Money “kicked off” summer by opening up DTE Music Energy Amphitheater every year. He told lots of fun stories between songs and had audiences screaming and dancing at every show. He continued to tour until he took a break for a heart valve procedure earlier this year.
Music Became a Family Affair
Fans who followed Money’s career and those who have watched “Real Money” have witnessed the strong musical bond he’s formed with his kids. While some rockers may have slowed down after 40 years-plus of making music, nothing stopped the “Walk on Water” singer. Money showed no sign of slowing down. He continued to write songs and performed multiple gigs, even into last year. He also welcomed his kids into his band, and they toured across the country making music together.
Jesse and Dez provided vocals and guitar and Julian played the drums. When Dez struck out to launch his own band, his dad was right there to offer his sage advice. His wife, Laurie, kept their tight musical ship running and the Money clan delighted audiences anywhere.
He Had that Dry, New York Sense of Humor
Fans and critics alike probably agree that Eddie Money could have enjoyed a successful run at doing standup comedy. On “Real Money,” he was constantly cracking jokes and delivering wry comments in his witty, New York kind of way.
Standout moments on the show include when he was bummed about being passed over for jury duty, when the Moneys went horseback riding (and he conquered his fear of horses!), when they drove Go-Karts, and more. Plus, the way he always complained about the kids spending money was hilarious. He was a true “call it as I see it” kind of guy — and his zany sense of humor kept everyone rolling with laughter.
He Loved His Family Fiercely
Though Eddie Money often gave one of his kids an eye roll during their reality show, it was obviously he loved his family fiercely and the feeling was mutual. When “Real Money” launched, Money quipped that they were “like the Partridge Family, but dysfunctional.”
The clan shared plenty of laughs and hugs. Money even wrote his wife a love song on the show. Though their lives were always hectic, they lived under one roof and presented a fun-loving, united family front. Plus, Eddie and Laurie defied music industry odds by maintaining their marriage for over 30 years. He gave his wife constant credit for keeping the family and their career on track.
Nothing is more endearing than watching a rock legend love his wife and kids.
He has gone too soon. #RIP Eddie Money.