Eddie Van Halen: Legendary guitarist dies of cancer at age 65

Eddie Van Halen: Legendary guitarist dies of cancer at age 65

- Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer

- Eddie, who is a legendary guitarist, passed away on Tuesday at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica, US

- Eddie's son Wolfgang shared the news of the co-founder of Van Halen's passing on social media

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Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, 65, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The co-founder of the band named Van Halen died at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica, US on Tuesday, 6 October.

According to news reports, his son Wolfgang, his wife Janie, his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli and his brother and drummer, Alex, were by his side when he passed on.

Eddie Van Halen: Legendary guitarist dies of cancer at age 65

Eddie Van Halen, legendary guitarist, has died of cancer at the age of 65.Image: @eddievanhalen/Instagram
Source: Instagram

Wolfgang took to Instagram to announce the news of his dad's passing. He said Eddie lost his long and "arduous" battle with cancer on Tuesday morning. Wolfgang, who is Van Halen's bassist, posted a pic of his father and captioned it:

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"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 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. I love you so much, Pop."

Other musicians took to his comment section to react to the sad news while some sent condolences to Eddie's family.

Billie Joe Armstrong commented:

"I am so sorry @wolfvanhalen."

Joe Satriani wrote:

"Devastated by this news. My deepest condolences to you and your family. RIP EVH."

Mike Portnoy said:

"OH NO!!! I’m shocked. My deepest condolences."

Rick Beato wrote:

"I am so sorry Wolf."

Brad Wilk added:

"He was the spark that made me want to be a musician. I’m so sorry Wolf. All love to you and your family."
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TMZ reports that they were told that in the last 72 hours, Eddie's ongoing health battle went massively downhill as doctors discovered his lung cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

According to the New York Post, Eddie was born in the Netherlands and went to the US with his family in 1962 at the age of seven.

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His announcement surprised many tweeps who had no idea he could also sing. The star's fans flooded his comment section with mixed reactions following his post. Diesel also shared a link to his new song when he made the announcement on Twitter on Friday, 25 September.

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The joint can be streamed on music streaming platform, Spotify. Diesel posted: "Hope you... FEEL LIKE I DO... All love, always."

Most people have shared that the single is hot and have praised Diesel for producing a great track. One fan @HockeyOMC said:

"Dude this is really nice. Not big into EDM, but really enjoyed this tune. Good on you for pursuing a new creative outlet on a large scale at this stage in your career. Takes courage and dedication. Well done sir."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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