The Dutch-American musician, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen passed away at the age of 65. Van Halen’s death was announced by his 29-year-old son, Wolfgang, a bass player who joined the band, best known for songs like “Jump” and “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love,” in later years.
His son Wolfgang Van Halen wrote via 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,
He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift… I love you so much, Pop.
Eddie Van Halen was born in 1955 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His real name is Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. He first took piano lessons, but thought that sitting in front of the piano was too boring and began playing drums. However, Eddie Van Halen later decided that his main talent was the guitar, and they exchanged instruments with his brother.
Eddie, who started playing the guitar at the age of 12, improved himself by practicing 8-9 hours a day. By the age of 14, he was able to play solos in Eric Clapton’s Cream group.
Halen performed on Michael Jackson’s famous Thriller album, which was released in 1982 and is known as the best-selling album in the world. he became known for playing the guitar solos of Beat It that one of the best-known songs on the album.
Eddie is one of the best solo guitarists in the world. He made a tremendous impression with his Eruption song. He is one of the pioneers of the Shred technique.
He contracted mouth and tongue cancer in the late 1990s. Doctors said that 12 to 14 hours a day metal puck in the mouth caused these diseases. He got rid of tongue cancer with various treatment methods. His mental structure deteriorated due to health reasons, and this situation led to his divorce with his wife. Eddie Van Halen’s son also worked with Van Halen on new album.
In August 2012, Van Halen underwent an emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis.
In 2019, it was revealed that Van Halen had been secretly battling throat cancer over the previous five years. Van Halen died from the illness on October 6.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020