Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies at 65: co-founder and guitarist of one of the most popular rock bands to ever die with his wife at his side after a long battle with larynx cancer that “traveled into his brain”.
- Van Halen died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65
- The co-founder of the eighties band Van Halen had fought against throat cancer
- He has been ill for over a decade and recently his health has deteriorated
- According to TMZ, the cancer had gotten to his brain and other organs
Rock star Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65.
The 1980s guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen has been battling throat cancer for over a decade.
According to TMZ, he died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California with his wife Janie next to him.
"I can't believe I have to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," said his son Wolfgang Van Halen in a tweet.
He added, “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I shared with him on and off the stage was a gift … My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss. "
Sad loss: Musician Eddie Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65. Seen in April 2017
Happy on stage: the star can be seen here in 1984 in Madison Square Garden in New York
According to TMZ, Eddie had a sudden loss of health in the past 72 hours.
According to reports, his throat cancer had gotten into his brain as well as other parts of the body. The website added that he had been "in and out of hospital" for the past year.
The 64-year-old veteran rocker was diagnosed with cancer nearly 20 years ago and had traveled between the United States and Germany for treatment.
He had a third of his tongue removed in 2000 and was reportedly declared cancer-free in 2002. For the past five years he has been in Germany to undergo radiation treatment.
Eddie had bowel problems in November and had undergone chemotherapy for the past few months.
Van Halen has said he thinks he got throat cancer from putting a metal guitar pick in his mouth on stage despite being a heavy smoker.
He has son Wolfgang with One Day At A Time star Valerie Bertinelli.
His mini self became Van Halen's bassist in 2006.
A love story: he was married to Valerie Bertinelli, with whom he has son Wolfgang; seen in the eighties
Eddie told Billboard in 2015, “I used metal picks – brass and copper – that I kept in my mouth, right where I got tongue cancer.
Also, I basically live in a recording studio that is filled with electromagnetic energy. So that's a theory. I mean, I've smoked and done a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. At the same time, my lungs are completely clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it is possible. & # 39;
Eddie's friend and TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather said "health problems" had kept the group – also made up of singer David Lee Roth, Eddie's brother Alex Van Halen on drums, and Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen on bass guitar – from touring.
In 2012, the legendary rock guitarist underwent emergency surgery for a "severe attack of diverticulitis" – small pouches in the intestinal wall that can cause great pain if inflamed or infected.
As a result of his operation, the group postponed the Japan leg of their tour.
The band last performed at the LA Hollywood Bowl in October 2015 and there were rumors about the band The classic line-up should appear for the first time since 1984.