Eddie Van Halen died | Eatmusic
After a long battle with cancer, Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist, founder and mastermind of Van Halen, died.
Sources with direct links to the rock star say: “He died Tuesday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Next to him were his wife Janie, son Wolfgang, brother Alex and his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli.
For the past 72 hours, doctors have been desperately fighting for the musician’s life, but metastases from the lungs have already penetrated the brain and other organs and have grown.
Eddie has been battling cancer for over a decade. Over the past year, his visits to the hospital have increased. Including due to intestinal problems. He recently underwent another round of chemotherapy.
Eddie was a heavy smoker, but he always denied that it was this addiction that caused his fatal illness. He himself believed that cancer was provoked by a metal pick, which he constantly used.
Despite his illness, he continued to attend concerts and rehearse with his son, bassist Van Halen.
Wolfgang tweeted: “He was the best dad I could ever dream of. Every moment I shared with him on stage and off it was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever recover from this loss. “
Eddie was considered one of the best and most influential guitarists of all time and made a name for himself with his solo on Eruption – Van Halen.
He assembled Van Halen in Pasadena in 1972: Alex for drums, Michael Anthony for bass and David Lee Roth for vocals. On their 1978 debut album, which propelled the band to the status of 80s rock superstars, Eddie was the main songwriter.
They went on to release hit after hit: Runnin ‘with the Devil, Unchained, Hot for Teacher, Panama and Jump. After Roth left in 1985, they did not stop in their pursuit and continued their success with Sammy Hagar.
Eddie became a pop culture icon, releasing the song Beat It in 1983 with Michael Jackson.
Van Halen entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, with his guitar solos at the center of his musical heritage.
He is survived by his wife Janie and a son.
Eddie was 65 years old.
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