Singer Eddie Money reportedly dead at age 70

Eddie Money performs at a concert in May

Eddie Money performs at a concert in May

A reality television series about Money and his family, "Real Money", had aired on AXS TV starting in April 2018.

At the same as his cancer reveal, the rocker also shared he was recovering from complications from an unrelated heart valve procedure earlier this summer. Originally, Money was going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Brooklyn cop. 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.

Money scored his first hit in the late 1970s with "Baby Hold On". Money remembered calling Spector, still traumatized from her years with ex-husband-producer Phil Spector, and convincing her to sing on his record. "It would be so great if you came out and did it with me, '" he told hippopress.com in 2015.

In a Real Money episode where he spoke about the diagnosis, Money admitted the diagnosis hit him hard, but still carried an optimistic perspective. One ticket to paradise. He later spoofed the song in a popular TV commercial for the insurance company, GEICO.

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For years, he lived too much like a rock star.

Money is survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Laurie, and 5 children: Zachary, Jessica, Joseph, Julian, and Desmond. In 2001, he joins a 12-step program for alcohol/drug addiction recovery. He sold more than 28 million records during a career that spanned more than four decades.

Mahoney served as a police officer for the City of NY for two years before moving to Berkeley, California, where he donned his musician persona and began playing shows in local clubs and venues.

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