Singer Eddie Money dies of esophageal cancer at 70

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 14, 2019

Singer Eddie Money, who made a decision to forego walking the beat as a police officer in order to chase his stage dreams, becoming a consistent hitmaker during the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday. But you know what?

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.

According to People, he was the son of a NY police officer and entered an NYPD training program. The two quickly formed a staying business relationship, and Graham acted as both mentor and manager to Money in the subsequent years.

He told Rolling Stone that he "would have been a very lenient cop".

The singer made a name for himself performing in Bay area clubs early in his career before climbing the charts and appearing regularly on MTV.

Money signed with Columbia Records in 1976, and his debut album, "Eddie Money", went double-platinum. Money died at 70 years old on September 13, 2019. 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. He collaborated with Ronnie Spector for the song.

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However, that's not his first appearance in a TV show.

He was also featured on a 2016 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now? according to Variety.

Money announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in August.

A statement has been issued by the family: "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 are grateful that he will live on forever through his music", the statement read. In 1980, he sustained nerve damage in his legs after overdosing on alcohol and barbiturates, a near-tragedy he wrote about on his hit 1982 album "No Control".

Known also for his comedic manner, both in his music videos and in interviews, he said past year that, despite his string of hit songs, he "missed the boat when it [came] to the big money".

His wife Laurie is credited with leading Money on the path to sobriety. She told People that she wanted children but Money had to stop doing drugs. Money then joined a 12-step program and the two married in 1989.

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