HEAT ALERT

High heat and humidity continue on Long Island over the weekend

Long Island musician Eddie Money dies at 70

The family of Long Island native Eddie Money said Friday the 70-year-old musician died following his battle with esophageal cancer.

News 12 Staff

Sep 13, 2019, 2:34 PM

Updated 1,744 days ago

Share:

The family of Long Island native Eddie Money said Friday the 70-year-old musician died following his battle with esophageal cancer. 
With his raspy voice and his catchy lyrics, Eddie Money rose to fame with hits like "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Take Me Home Tonight" in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
undefined
 
Eddie Money, born Edward Joseph Mahoney, grew up in a family of police officers in Levittown, but instead became a rock star. In a 2009 interview with News 12, Money recalled his roots.
“The love I have for my parents, the love that I have for Long Island people…the first rock n’ roll band I had, we came right up out of here, out of Levittown,” he said. 
Fingers, from WBAB Radio, said he quickly became friends with Money when they first met in the ‘90s. He says when he heard about his passing, he had to play Eddie Money’s first album.
“If you really want to remember Eddie, listen to his music,” he said.
undefined


 
Money was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Co-founder Jim Faith said Eddie Money was the definitive Long Island musician. 
Faith said, “He was a great guy, a great family man, but really, truly talented.”
Eddie Money's family released a statement saying that it is hard to imagine their world without him, however he will live on forever through his music.


More from News 12
2:05
HEAT ALERT: Another scorcher Sunday on Long Island; tracking storms

HEAT ALERT: Another scorcher Sunday on Long Island; tracking storms

1:09
Some Freeport parents say they weren't let inside Hofstra for their kids' high school graduation

Some Freeport parents say they weren't let inside Hofstra for their kids' high school graduation

1:57
Police: 48-year-old man found strangled in East Farmingdale

Police: 48-year-old man found strangled in East Farmingdale

0:38
Nassau police: ‘Disorderly’ UBS Arena patrons became violent; 5 arrested

Nassau police: ‘Disorderly’ UBS Arena patrons became violent; 5 arrested

0:51
Long Island state parks and beaches open full time amid hot weather conditions

Long Island state parks and beaches open full time amid hot weather conditions

2:09
Shoreham-Wading River School District honors student killed by drunk driver

Shoreham-Wading River School District honors student killed by drunk driver

1:41
Intense heat doesn't stop Long Islanders from enjoying weekend events

Intense heat doesn't stop Long Islanders from enjoying weekend events

2:13
Doctors say exercising outside in hot weather can be dangerous

Doctors say exercising outside in hot weather can be dangerous

0:32
City officials: 2 swimmers rescued from waters off Long Beach

City officials: 2 swimmers rescued from waters off Long Beach

0:30
Former teacher sues Diocese of Rockville Centre over firing from Maria Regina School

Former teacher sues Diocese of Rockville Centre over firing from Maria Regina School

1:33
South Huntington intersection renamed after local jazz musician

South Huntington intersection renamed after local jazz musician

0:23
Man sentenced to 22 years to life behind bars for sexually abusing 2 seniors in Mastic Beach

Man sentenced to 22 years to life behind bars for sexually abusing 2 seniors in Mastic Beach

1:37
Long Island's Ryan Dunn eager to be picked in NBA Draft

Long Island's Ryan Dunn eager to be picked in NBA Draft

2:32
Long Islanders head to Bethpage ice skating rink to avoid hot temps

Long Islanders head to Bethpage ice skating rink to avoid hot temps

2:10
Renewed push to pass Nick’s Law after fatal hit-and-run in Suffolk County

Renewed push to pass Nick’s Law after fatal hit-and-run in Suffolk County

0:44
LIU Post football team helps people with disabilities play sports

LIU Post football team helps people with disabilities play sports

0:29
FDNY hero from Islip to be honored with street renaming on Sunday

FDNY hero from Islip to be honored with street renaming on Sunday

1:48
Power to Feed: PSEG LI holds food drive in Levittown

Power to Feed: PSEG LI holds food drive in Levittown

1:42
Town of Oyster Bay opens community pools early to help residents beat the heat

Town of Oyster Bay opens community pools early to help residents beat the heat

1:02
State Sen. Steve Rhoads calls for legislation against deceptive wearing of masks

State Sen. Steve Rhoads calls for legislation against deceptive wearing of masks