Eddie Van Halen dies at 65
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen has died after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65.
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” his son Wolfgang Van Halen wrote. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”
The rocker, born in Netherlands in 1955, breathed his last at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. He was surrounded by close family members including his son, wife Janie, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli and brother Alex at the time of his death.
According to details, Van Halen’s health rapidly declined in the past 72 hours.
Van Halen, one of rock music's greatest guitar players, is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time. He established his hugely successful band in 1972 and named it after him and his drummer brother.
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