The music industry is mourning the loss of a legendary rock star.
Van Halen co-founder and legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has passed away after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65 years old.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen confirmed the news in an Instagram post on Oct. 6.
“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,” Wolfgang shared with his followers. “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. I love you so much, Pop.”
Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie from 1981 to 2007 also shared a post confirming his passing. “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you,” the star wrote. “You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin.”