Rocker Eddie Money announces he has esophageal cancer

Money says he didn't want to hide diagnosis

By Amir Vera, CNN
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Musicians Jesse Money (L) and Eddie Money perform on stage during the iHeart80s Party 2017 at SAP Center on January 28, 2017 in San Jose, California.

(CNN) - Eddie Money announced Saturday he has stage 4 esophageal cancer in a preview clip of his reality show "Real Money."

"I thought I was just going in to get a checkup, and he told me I got cancer," the 70-year-old Money said. He was diagnosed last fall while taping the second season of his show, according to AXS TV where the show airs.

Money said the diagnosis hit him hard, but he didn't want to hide it.

"It's not honest, I wanna be honest with everybody. I want people to know that cancer's come a long way and not everybody dies from cancer like they did in the 50s and 60s," he said.

"Am I gonna live a long time? Who knows, it's in God's hands," Money said. "But you know what? I'll take every day I can get. Every day above ground is a good day."

The actual episode is scheduled to air September 12 at 9:30 p.m. on AXS TV.

Money's career as a rock star spans 40 years, AXS said. He's best known for the hits "Two Tickets to Paradise," "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Baby Hold On."

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