Music legends pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen who died from cancer at age 65

‘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,’ his son Wolfgang Van Halen said in a tweet (Photo: Twitter)

The co-founder of 80s band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer and had been sick for over a decade (Photo: Twitter)

‘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,’ Wolfgang said in a tweet.

Rock star Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday.The guitarist and co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer for over a decade. His throat cancer had reportedly gone to his brain as well as other parts of his body, it was added.

The guitar virtuoso also played the unmistakable fiery solo in Michael Jackson’s hit ‘Beat It’.

Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time and Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.

Roth, his bandmate, tweeted: ‘What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..’

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons wrote: ‘My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!’

He first saw a then-unknown Eddie play in 1976, signing his band up to produce a 15-song demo.

Simmons has previously said of their performance: ‘Even though the band was a three-piece, there was a big sound coming out of them and Eddie was tapping the neck — which I’d never seen done on guitar before — with speed and accuracy in the melody. They simply didn’t sound like anybody else. There was a kind of fury.’

Paul Stanley, also of Kiss, said: ‘Oh NO! Speechless. A trailblazer and someone who always gave everything to his music. A good soul. I remember first seeing him playing at the Starwood in 1976 and he WAS Eddie Van Halen. So shocked and sad. My condolences to Wolfie and the family.’

Aerosmith’s Instagram account posted an image of Eddie, writing: ‘Rest In Peace Eddie Van Halen. You will be missed. #Legend.’

Singer Sammy Hagar said he is ‘heartbroken and speechless’ after death of his former bandmate.

 

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