Musician Eddie Money revealed during his AXS TV series “Real Money” that he is battling Stage 4 esophageal cancer.
The “Take Me Home Tonight” artist on Saturday tweeted a link to a RollingStone article featuring a clip of Money and his wife Laurie Money discussing his diagnosis.
“I thought I was going in for a check-up and [the doctor] told me I have cancer,” Money said in the clip. “When we found out that I had cancer and that it was Stage 4 and that it was in my liver and my lymph nodes and a little bit in my stomach… it hit me really, really hard.”
The 70-year-old singer-songwriter, whose real name is Edward Mahoney, burst on the music stage in the late ’70s when he charted with singles “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.” He was one of the early artist to take advantage of the MTV music video era in the early ’80s with his video for “Shakin’,” which featured future “Purple Rain” star Apollonia.
Money, who suffered from drug addiction, joined a 12-step program in 2001. He received his cancer diagnosis last fall while filming the second season of “Real Money.”
The episode in which Money talks about his cancer diagnosis will air Sept. 12 on AXS TV.
“What I don’t want to do is, I don’t want to keep the fact that I have cancer from everybody,” Money said. “I want to be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer has come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the ’50s and the ’60s. 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. Every day above ground is a good day.”
In July Money postponed a tour after developing pneumonia while recovering from a recent heart valve surgery.