Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist for the band Van Halen, has died following a battle with throat cancer, the LA Times reports. He was 65.
The musician's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, confirmed the news in a tweet.
“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, who took over as Van Halen’s bassist in 2006, wrote. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”
Van Halen was the founder, songwriter, and lead guitarist for beloved rock group and ‘80s staple Van Halen. The group, which also included his brother, Alex Van Halen, and singer David Lee Roth (and, at times, Sammy Hagar) released 12 studio albums, and was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame Back in 2007.
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