The legendary guitarist and iconic musician Eddie Van Halen has died at the aged of 65. The co-founder of Van Halen has passed away following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
The news comes via TMZ and “sources directly connected” to the rock star who has confirmed he died at St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica with his wife, Janie, by his side. Also, his son, Wolfgang and Eddie’s brother and drummer Alex were in attendance.
Wolfgang shared the love for his father, “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.”
As the pivotal figure in the classic rock act Van Halen, the legendary guitarist is often considered one of the finest guitar players of his generation. Despite living with cancer for some time, it appears as though his health dramatically declined in the last 72 hours.
Van Halen has been in and out of the hospital for the large part of the year and had also experimented with radiation treatment in Germany. Though he was a heavy smoker, the icon attributed cancer to a metal pick he kept in his mouth for nearly 20 years during performances.
Van Halen once said: “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. ‘Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory.”
Eddie Van Halen formed the band in 1972 and grew a notorious career filled with smash hits, rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles and the one hell of a guitar player.