This isn’t just a gut punch. This is a kick to the balls. This is a blind shot KO to the back of the head. Rock musician, pioneer, legend, one of the all time greats to EVER pick up a guitar…Eddie Van Halen has passed away at the age of 65.
Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us … he died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang and Alex, Eddie’s brother and drummer.
We’re told in the last 72 hours Eddie’s ongoing health battle went massively downhill — doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.
As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he’s been in and out of the hospital over the past year — including last November for intestinal issues — and recently underwent a round of chemo.
Last year we reported … Eddie was flying between the U.S. and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed the throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.
Nevertheless, he continued to attend concerts and rehearse music with his son, Wolfgang, who — if ya don’t know — became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.
Eddie was the soul of Van Halen. Whether he combined his electrifying guitar riffs with the bombastic vocals of David Lee Roth or the commanding vocals of Sammy Hagar, Eddie was the glue that made the band. This isn’t just a loss for fans and rock. This is a loss for music in general.
Eddie Van Halen will be missed…