Rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen who was known for his tapping guitar solo technique, has died on Tuesday. He was 65.
The famous musician was battling throat cancer for over five years. Wolf Van Halen, the rock star’s son, posted on Twitter about the long battle with the disease and his love for his father. He 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.”
Van Halen was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands and raised by Jan and Eugenia Van Halen. In 1962, the family moved to Pasadena, California and the musical journey began.
Eddie and his brother Alex formed the band in 1972 and they created their first self-titled album. That first album became diamond certified and the success grew from there.
The band had created numerous albums and many top-charting hits. Some of which include:
and Runnin’ With The Devil.
After all of that success, Van Halen had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, he became known as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He is survived by his wife Janie and his son Wolf.
R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.
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