Eddie Van Halen, whose innovative and explosive guitar playing kept the hard rock band that bore his family name cemented to the top of the album charts for two decades, died on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.
In the last 72 hours Eddie’s ongoing health battle went downhill after doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.
Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. He had been in and out of the hospital over the past year including last November for intestinal issues and recently underwent a round of chemotherapy.
Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.
Van Halen’s son Wolf announced the news. “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.”
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