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Musician Eddie Money reveals battle with stage 4 esophageal cancer

2019-08-24

In this file photo, Musician Eddie Money performs on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Steve Jennings)

Rocker Eddie Money revealed on Saturday he has been battling stage 4 esophageal cancer, saying his life is now “in God’s hands.”

The 70-year-old hitmaker, known for songs such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” discussed his diagnosis in a clip from his AXS TV reality series, “The Real Money.” He said he was going in for a checkup last fall when the doctors shocked him with the news.

His wife, Laurie, noted the cancer has also spread to his liver.

“Am I going to live a long time? Who knows. It’s in God’s hands. But you know what? I’ll take every day I can get,” said Money, whose real name is Edward Mahoney. “Every day above ground is a good day.”

The musician added that while the news hit him “really, really hard,” he did not want to hide his diagnosis from his fans.

“What I don’t want to do is, I don’t want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody,” he said in the clip, which was released on Saturday. “It’s not honest (to hide it). I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that (fighting) cancer’s come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer, like they did in the 50s and 60s.”

The reveal of his cancer diagnosis comes amid Money’s ongoing recovery from unrelated complications he suffered following a recent heart valve procedure. He announced in May that he would be undergoing the surgery, recommended by doctors after Money complained about shortness of breath.

At the time, he announced he would return to the stage in mid-June, but Money later canceled the remainder of his summer tour dates after suffering from pneumonia in July.

The special episode of “Real Money,” which will examine the rocker’s cancer, is slated to air on AXS TV on Sept. 12.