NEW YORK — Eddie Money made it as a singer, but he never officially made it as a cop.
Money died on Friday at the age of 70 following complications from esophageal cancer, his family said in a statement. His official website says he followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the NYPD after high school, before leaving after two years to move to California and pursue his music career.
The NYPD clarified to CNN on Saturday that Money served as a trainee, but never officially became an officer.
“Eddie Money served in the capacity of a police trainee,” according to Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell. “He was never appointed to the rank of police officer. The NYPD offers their condolences to his family.”
Money spoke about his career in the NYPD in interviews, but also said he never got through training.
“I was on the waiting list to go into the Police Academy, but I couldn’t see myself in a police uniform for 20 years of my life, with short hair. So I quit the Police Department and I moved out to California,” he told the Tolucan Times in March of 2018.
He also said in an interview with John Beaudin on Rockhistorymusic.com that he was proud of the fact that he served in the police department, and he told Music Recall magazine in 2013 that he typed the roll calls as a trainee.
The NYPD Counterterrorism unit also tweeted its condolences.
Born Edward Joseph Mahoney, he was known for hits such as “Baby Hold On” and “Take Me Home Tonight.” Over his four decade career, Money sold nearly 30 million records.