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Eddie Money has died aged 70 (Picture: Getty)

Eddie Money, the American rocker known for hits in the ’70s and ’80s like Take Me Home Tonight, has died aged 70.

The singer – whose smashes included Two Tickets To Paradise and Baby Hold On – had been in poor health in recent years and revealed in August that he was battling stage four esophageal cancer.

‘The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning,’ his family said in a statement.

‘It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him.

‘We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music.’

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He died after a battle with stage four esophageal cancer (Picture: Redferns)

He announced his cancer diagnosis via a video last month from his AXS TV reality series Real Money.

In the video, Money says he discovered he had cancer after what he thought was a routine check-up and revealed the disease had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

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Money said it hit him ‘really, really hard’.

He had numerous health problems recently, including heart valve surgery earlier this year and pneumonia after the procedure, leading to his cancellation of a planned summer tour.

Born Edward Joseph Mahoney in Brooklyn on March 21, 1949, the singer-songwriter became a regular at clubs in California’s Bay Area, and found success with humorous music videos in the early days of MTV.

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He was known for a string of hits including Two Tickets To Paradise and Take Me Home Tonight (Picture: Getty)

In recent years, a reality TV show about Money and his family, which aired on the AXS TV cable and satellite network, shed light on his health struggles.

In 2001, he had joined a 12-step program to deal with heavy drinking, saying he realized he didn’t need alcohol ‘for my quick wit.’

In 1987, he received a best rock vocal Grammy nomination for Take Me Home Tonight.

The song featured a cameo from Ronnie Spector, who reprised one of her signature hits from the 1960s as she crooned Be My Little Baby, which she first sang on the Ronettes’ Be My Baby.

Meanwhile, Two Tickets To Paradise became a favourite on classic rock radio stations and was heard everywhere from The Simpsons to The Office.

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Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Money had been planning a new studio album that would have been his 12th. The artist had canceled his 2019 summer tour to focus on his health.

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