Van Halen died on Tuesday at a hospital in Santa Monica. Wolf, his brother Alex, and his wife, Janie, were by his side.
The world has lost yet another celebrity this year, as one of the most gifted guitarists, Eddie Van Halen, has died. He was 65, as per Fox News. The news of his demise was confirmed via social media by his son, Wolf. "I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," he wrote on Twitter. "He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift," Wolf continued. "My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss." He concluded with, "I love you pop."
Actress Valerie Bertinelli, Van Halen's ex-wife, shared Wolf's message on her handle with several broken heart emojis. The duo were married for two decades. According to TMZ, Van Halen died on Tuesday at a hospital in Santa Monica. Wolf, his brother Alex, and his wife, Janie, were by his side. Van Halen was diagnosed with cancer, due to which, in 2015, he had to have one-third of his tongue removed, according to Billboard. The cancer had spread to his esophagus at the time, too. “I used metal picks -- they’re brass and copper -- which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” he said at the time.
My sincere condolences to you and your family, Wolf.— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) October 6, 2020
And even more.. you and your family have my gratitude.
The gifts your father gave through his art and through bringing you into this world are immeasurable.
Pulses quickened, Beaming smiles, fists in the air
“Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.” The surgery affected his speech, the same way his mobility was affected after his hip surgery in 1999. Van Halen was known as the God of Guitar and for good reason. His blinding speed, control and innovation propelled his band, Van Halen, into one of hard rock’s biggest groups ever.
Incredibly sorry for your loss man. Could never thank your dad enough for the joy he gave us all my sincerest condolences to you and your family— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) October 6, 2020
Van Halen started his eponymous group in 1974 with his brother Alex on drums, bass player Michael Anthony, and the flamboyant lead singer David Lee Roth. In a February 2020 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, lead singer Roth was noncommittal about Eddie Van Halen’s condition. “You know what I know,” he told the paper. “Ed, God bless him, may have a fair amount of time ahead of him, but going out on the road is an unforgiving task. It kills people.” Reminiscing on the band’s start, Roth said, “I remember the days when we would stand around and say, ‘Let’s go have a cigarette.’ And that’s what we did: Four guys having one cigarette. I remember those days. They go by fast, so enjoy them while you’re in them.”
I am so sorry for your loss. You dad was a gift to us all, thank you for sharing. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. XO— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) October 6, 2020