Eddie Van Halen, the great, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most gifted and singular guitarists had died when he was 65.
On Tuesday, son of Van Halen confirmed on twitter by saying, “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.”
Further, he continued: “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on stage 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 concluded.
In 2015, Van Halen confirmed to the Billboard magazine about his cancer and said that due to cancer his one-third tongue had been removed and it has also spread to the oesophagus.
He said: “I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer.”
“Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.”