Eddie Van Halen, Hall of Fame Guitarist Who Revolutionized Instrument, Dead at 65

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(MANDATORY CREDIT Ebet Roberts/Getty Images) UNITED STATES – JANUARY 01: Photo of Eddie VAN HALEN and VAN HALEN; Eddie Van Halen (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

By Andy Greene 

Rolling Stone

October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitar innovator and virtuoso who led Van Halen through five decades and three lead singers, establishing himself as one of the all-time great players in rock history, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” his son Wolfgang Van Halen wrote. “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.”

“Heartbroken and speechless,” added Sammy Hagar. “My love to the family.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great talent, along with his band mates. Its a lifestyle that only a few can understand. He got away with it for a very long time, amazingly until the age of sixty-five. RIP Eddie.

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