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Legendary Rock Guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, Dies At 65

Legendary Rock Guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, Dies At 65

Van Halen died on Tuesday at a hospital in Santa Monica. Wolf, his brother Alex, and his wife, Janie, were by his side.

Image Source: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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.



 

“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.



 

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.”



 

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