“Oh, man. Damn. I love you, Eddie Van Halen,” the bassist wrote. “A true rocker, a deep musician, a HUGE heart, an L.A. boy through and through. A bold innovator and the undisputed king of all wheedlers. What a sound!!! I hope you jam with Jimi tonight and soar freely through the cosmos. A vibrant part of music has left this earth. Broken through to the other side. What a sweetheart, my brother. All love and condolences to your family.”
Van Halen died at age 65 following a prolonged battle with cancer. The guitarist performed with his namesake band through five decades and with three lead singers, establishing himself as one of the all-time great players in rock history.
More from Rolling Stone
- Gary Cherone Remembers Eddie Van Halen: 'He Was Truly One With the Guitar'
- Alex Winter on How Eddie Van Halen Was the Guiding Light of 'Bill & Ted'
- Eddie Van Halen's Widow Janie Pens Farewell to Husband
See where your favorite artists and songs rank on the Rolling Stone Charts.