SINGER and songwriter Eddie Money, whose hits included Baby Hold On and Two Tickets to Paradise, has died aged 70.

He had recently revealed that he was suffering with stage-four esophageal cancer.

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Singer-songwriter Eddie Money has died aged 70 after a battle with stage four cancer[/caption]

A statement provided by his family reads: “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.”

Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Money – real name Edward Mahoney – came from a long line of family members who had served in the New York Police Department.

He served for two years himself before quitting in 1968 and moving to California to pursue a career in music, becoming a regular performer in the city’s clubs.

He signed with Columbia Records in 1976, and his 1978 self-titled debut album would go on to be certified double platinum.

Among its single were Baby Hold On, which reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, and Two Tickets to Paradise, which reached 22.

Other hits included Think I’m In Love, Shakin’, Take Me Home Tonight, I Wanna Go Back, Walk on Water, and The Love in Your Eyes.

He released 11 albums over a four-decade career, selling 28 million records.

As of 2018, Money was the star of his own reality TV series, which followed he and his family, many of whom were members of his live band, during their time on tour.

He revealed his cancer diagnosis during the second series of the show.

Money is survived by his wife of more then 30 years, Laurie, and his five children, Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond.

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