Born Edward Mahoney, Money launched his career in Berkeley in the ’70s, landing Top 40 hits and platinum records over the next decade.
Eddie Money got candid about cancer in a new episode of his AXS TV reality show “Real Money.”
Friday, the rocker known for hits including “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” died at age 70 in Los Angeles, after revealing last month that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer.
In a midseason episode that aired Thursday night, Money revealed that he didn’t “feel any pain” but lost more than 50 pounds and had difficulty swallowing in the months leading up to his diagnosis.
“I thought I was just going in to get a checkup, and he told me I got cancer,” Money said. “I wasn’t surprised – I should’ve been more surprised, but I wasn’t. The food wasn’t staying down; I knew there was something wrong. I wasn’t eating right, but I was denying everything.
“But when the doctor put it right on the table, it was a shock,” he continued. “It really was.”
Money, his wife, Laurie Harris, and daughter Jesse Money said they struggled to process the news and debated whether to speak about it on the show, which is in its second season. Money wanted to be “honest” with his fans and said he didn’t consider the diagnosis a death sentence.
“I want people to know that cancer (treatment has) come a long way, and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the ’50s and the ’60s,” Money said.
He expressed gratitude for his family and career, saying he felt fortunate to live as long as he had, despite his history of smoking and drug addiction, which he completed treatment for in 2001.
“Every morning, I wake up and say to myself, ‘What if I don’t get better?”http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/” Money said in the episode. “I feel very, very fortunate to be 69. I’ve already picked out a crypt and everything, in case it doesn’t work out. Am I going to live a long time? Who knows? It’s in God’s hands. I’ll take what I can get. Every day above ground is a good day.”
AXS will air four more new episodes of “Real Money” each Thursday (9:30 EDT/PDT) and plans a marathon in Money’s memory.
Contributing: Maeve McDermott
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