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Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65

 

 

 

Rock star and guitar great Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65 after a “long and arduous battle” with cancer, his son has said.

In a statement, Wolf Van Halen said:

“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.

“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.

“I love you so much, Pop.”

He is understood to have most recently been diagnosed with throat cancer after first beating the disease in 2002.


The classic four-piece pictured in 1978, just after they were signed

Van Halen formed the band of the same name in California in 1972, with David Lee Roth on vocals, his brother on drums, and Michael Anthony on bass.

They are best known among a mainstream audience for their crossover hit single Jump, with its signature keyboard line.

The record it was taken from, 1984, sold 10 million copies in the US alone – and the band went on to sell more than 50 million albums in their home country.

Other hits include Why Can’t This Be Love and Runnin’ With The Devil.

Michael Jackson also recruited Eddie Van Halen for the distinctive guitar break on Beat It – a contribution he later said took about 20 minutes.

Van Halen is widely regarded as one of rock’s best guitarists and used many of his band’s songs to pioneer the finger-tapping style.

In 2012, readers of Guitar World magazine voted him the greatest player ever.

 

 

Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Cancer Aged 65

 

 

 

 

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