Eddie Van Halen, the Dutch-American musician died yesterday when he lost his battle with cancer. Van Halen’s son, Wolf, announced the news on Tuesday. Van Halen was a guitar virtuoso and his group, Van Halen, was considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time. They sold over 75 million albums with hits like Panama, Run-in with the Devil and Eruption. Their most well known and loved hit song however was Jump, which was released in 1985. “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,” Wolf Van Halen wrote on Twitter. “He was the best father I could 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. I love you so much, Pop.”
— Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) October 6, 2020
Eddie van Halen was born in the Netherlands and raised in California. Eddie, along with his older brother Alex, founded the rock group in the early 1970’s. Eddie was especially famous for a technique called “finger tapping” – where the guitar is played with two hands like a piano. Van Halen struggled with his health and addiction for many years. “I didn’t drink to party. Alcohol and cocaine were private things to me. I would use them for work. The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions. I’m sure there were musical things I would not have attempted were I not in that mental state.”
Tributes from the biggest names in the music industry started pouring in after Van Halen’s death was announced on Tuesday. “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 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,” tweeted Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi. Eddie Van Halen is survived by his son and his wife Janie, as well as his first wife Bertinelli.
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020