Legendary Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen died today (October 6) at the age of 65. Following the news of his death, countless musicians paid tribute to the late rock icon on social media, including Metallica, Quincy Jones, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Queen’s Brian May, AC/DC’s Angus Young, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Patti Smith, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Weyes Blood, and many more.
Eddie Van Halen’s bandmates David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, and Michael Anthony all paid tribute. “What a Long Great Trip It’s Been,” Lee Roth wrote. Hagar and Anthony both wrote that they were “heartbroken” and at a loss for words at the news.
“It’s completely tragic that we have lost him,” the Who’s Pete Townshend told Rolling Stone. “He was not just an innovative and stylish player with great taste, he was also a laidback virtuoso showman who just blew us all away every time. Every shredder today has lost their Master Teacher and Guide.”
“Eddie was a one of a kind guitarist and human being,” Joe Walsh of the Eagles and James Gang said in a statement. “He was a master at his craft, a peer I was in awe of and a friend I loved.”
“The greatest thing I say about anyone is that they are the Eddie Van Halen of their field,” guitarist Matt Sweeney wrote in a tweet. “Breaks my heart to hear the world’s one and only Eddie Van Halen is gone. RIP to the greatest.” Find words of remembrance for the legend below.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen confirmed the news of his father’s death. While no cause of death was revealed, Van Halen had been treated for throat cancer as recently as last year.
This article was originally published on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:59 p.m. It was last updated on Wednesday, October 7 at 12:58 p.m.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork