Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65 according to a statement from his son…

The legendary musician and founding member of rock band Van Halen passed away on Tuesday (06.10.20) following a “long and arduous battle” with tongue cancer, his 29-year-old son Wolfgang Van Halen has confirmed.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Wolfgang wrote: “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.”

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Eddie was widely regarded as a guitar innovator and virtuoso, who led ‘Jump’ hitmakers Van Halen through a career which spanned five decades.

Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65
WEST PALM BEACH – FL- OCTOBER 6: (FILE) Eddie Van Halen dies at 65. Photo from concert at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on September 15, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA) MagazineFeatures.co.za

The music icon established himself as one of the all-time great players in rock history, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

Most notably, Eddie gained critical acclaim for the influence he had on hard rock and his mastery of the two-handed tapping technique, which he perfected and introduced to a mass audience.

And although he was a guitar master, the musician never learned to read music.

He said in 1980: “I don’t know s*** about scales or music theory. I don’t want to be seen as the fastest guitar in town, ready and willing to gun down the competition. All I know is that rock and roll guitar, like blues guitar, should be melody, speed, and taste, but more important, it should have emotion. I just want my guitar playing to make people feel something: happy, sad, even horny.”

Eddie had been battling cancer since 2000, and had previously undergone hip-replacement surgery in 1999.

The icon also had a history of drug and alcohol abuse that led him to enter a rehabilitation facility in 2007, and had surgery for diverticulitis in 2012.

He is survived by his son, Wolfgang, and his second wife Janie Liszewski, whom he married in 2009.

Tributes pour in

Mötley Crüe and Metallica have led the tributes to Eddie Van Halen.

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx described Van Halen as the “Mozart of rock guitar”.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Crushed. So f****** crushed. RIP Eddie Van Halen. You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe rockstar.”

Whilst Metallica shared on their Facebook page: “We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen.

“We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, Wolf Van Halen, and everyone in the greater VH family. #LightUpTheSky (sic)”

Billy Idol paid tribute to the “guitar legend” whilst Tony Iommi, one of the founding members of Black Sabbath, admitted he was “devastated” by it all.Alongside a broken heart emoji, Billy wrote: “Rest in peace guitar legend Eddie Van Halen. We will miss you. #f***cancer @eddievanhalen #eddievanhalen (sic)”.

Whilst Tommy shared: “I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of mydear friend Eddie Van Halen. He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again. (sic)”.

Lenny Kravitz insisted heaven would be “electric” following Van Halen’s passing.

He wrote on his social media pages in tribute: “Legendary guitar and musical innovator Edward Van Halen. 1955-2020. Heaven will be electric tonight.”

Author: BANG Showbiz