The revered guitarist was diagnosed with throat cancer.
Eddie Van Halen died of cancer this morning (6 October). He was 65. The news was confirmed by his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who 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.”
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
Artists such as Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi have paid tribute to the artist online. Read the tributes below.
I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear 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. pic.twitter.com/Qs8tsLPANJ
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) October 6, 2020
Rest In Peace to a Eddie Van Halen, Rock God. Favorite riff: Eruption. What’s yours? pic.twitter.com/uP1k196Vw8
— Papa Roach (@paparoach) October 6, 2020
— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) October 6, 2020