The guitarist couldn’t beat cancer.
Legendary guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, passed away on Tuesday morning. The musician was 65, for several years he had been struggling with throat cancer. The death of the rocker was announced by his son Wolfgang on his Twitter.
– Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
A source close to Van Halen said the guitarist’s health had deteriorated dramatically over the past three days and that cancer had “spread to all of his organs.” Eddie’s wife Janey Liszewski, his son and ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli were in the hospital with Van Halen at the time of his death.
Van Halen fought throat cancer for over 10 years, and in 2002, after two years of treatment, he managed to defeat tongue cancer. He was admitted to the hospital last year with intestinal problems after responding poorly to cancer treatment.
Eddie Van Halen founded Van Halen with his brother Alex in 1972. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And Rolling Stone magazine named Van Halen among the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.