Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies at age 65 after a long battle with throat cancer
Rock star Eddie Van Halen dies at age 65 after a long battle with throat cancer that ‘traveled to his brain’
- Van Halen died at the age of 65 in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday
- The co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer
- He had been sick for over a decade and recently his health turned worse
- According to TMZ, the cancer had traveled to his brain and other organs
Rock star Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday.
The guitarist and co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen had been battling throat cancer for over a decade.
He passed away at at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California with his wife Janie next to him, according to TMZ.
‘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,’ his son Wolfgang Van Halen said in the tweet.
Sad loss: Musician Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday. Seen in April 2017
Happy on stage: The star is seen here in 1984 at Madison Square Garden in New York
Eddie had a sudden decline in health in the past ’72 hours’, according to TMZ.
His throat cancer had reportedly gone to his brain as well as other parts of his body, it was added.
The site added that he had been ‘in and out of the hospital over the past year.’
In November Eddie had intestinal issues and had undergone chemotherapy in recent months.
Van Halen has said he thinks he got throat cancer from putting a metal guitar pick in his mouth when he was on stage, even though he had been a heavy smoker.
He has son Wolfgang with One Day At A Time star Valerie Bertinelli.
His mini me became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.
A love story: He was wed to Valerie Bertinelli with whom he has son Wolfgang; seen in the Eighties