OT/MISC Eddie Van Halen dead at 65

mzkitty

I give up.


Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer ... TMZ has learned.


Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang and Alex, Eddie's brother and drummer.

We're told in the last 72 hours Eddie's ongoing health battle went massively downhill -- doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he's been in and out of the hospital over the past year -- including last November for intestinal issues -- and recently underwent a round of chemo.

Last year we reported ... Eddie was flying between the U.S. and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed the throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.

Nevertheless, he continued to attend concerts and rehearse music with his son, Wolfgang, who -- if ya don't know -- became Van Halen's bassist in 2006.

Of course, Eddie himself was considered one of the best and most influential guitarists of all time ... who first made a name for himself with his solo on Van Halen's "Eruption."

Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth singing. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 ... which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.

They went on to pump out hit after hit, including "Runnin' with the Devil," "Unchained," "Hot for Teacher," "Panama" and "Jump" ... and continued their success with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after the departure of Roth in 1985.

Though some members have changed, the Van Halen bros have been constants ... with Eddie's acclaimed guitar work being the focal point of their legacy.

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one the greatest guitar players of all time.

He is survived by his wife Janie and his son.


Eddie was 65.


RIP

Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65 from Cancer
 

jward

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Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie's brother and drummer.

We're told in the last 72 hours Eddie's ongoing health battle went massively downhill -- doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he's been in and out of the hospital over the past year -- including last November for intestinal issues -- and recently underwent a round of chemo.

Last year we reported ... Eddie was flying between the U.S. and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed the throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.

Nevertheless, he continued to attend concerts and rehearse music with his son, Wolfgang, who -- if ya don't know -- became Van Halen's bassist in 2006.

Of course, Eddie himself was considered one of the best and most influential guitarists of all time ... who first made a name for himself with his solo on Van Halen's "Eruption."

Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth singing. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 ... which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.

They went on to pump out hit after hit, including "Runnin' with the Devil," "Unchained," "Hot for Teacher," "Panama" and "Jump" ... and continued their success with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after the departure of Roth in 1985.

Though some members have changed, the Van Halen bros have been constants ... with Eddie's acclaimed guitar work being the focal point of their legacy.

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one the greatest guitar players of all time.

He is survived by his wife Janie and his son.

Eddie was 65.
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jward

passin' thru
Rather amazing that 65 seems so young for the death of a musician- guess that says something good.

RIP :rs:
 

NCGirl

Veteran Member
I once sat across from him at a dinner table in a club in London.. seemed he was a truly nice guy. I didn't talk to him much but I remember a waitress came up and was just giddy at meeting him and he sat there and talked to her for a good 10-15 minutes even gave her an autograph for her kid. I vividly remember how kind he was to her when he didn't have to be. Boy this makes me sad. Cancer is brutal.
 

Ragnarok

On and On, South of Heaven

Blacknarwhal

Let's Go Brandon!
OMG! That was hilarious!
I'm not particularly fond of Family Guy as a rule, but they do have their moments. I'm much more an American Dad guy, where the moments happen much more frequently.

This, however, was definitely one of those moments. Glad you enjoyed it!
 

jward

passin' thru
This is the one most often played for me~ Lord willin' I'll be moving to it till the end

Pour Some Sugah on Me
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UIB9Y4OFPs


In high school my senior year ( 1986 ), I was on the basketball team and led Racine county in rebounding ( 11.8/game )... The school band played this song for me before every home game. That synth intro really gets you hyped during the warm up drills
 

Echo 5

Veteran Member
RIP.

He thought the pick caused his cancer?

He was a heavy smoker and an extremely heavy drinker, at least back in the day.
 

straightstreet

Life is better in flip flops
Soundcheck at Rochester concert 9/1/86. I went to this concert and still have pictures. In the old Silver baseball stadium on Norton Street. It was fun.

9:16

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ys0ZuvW9PUI
I went in the early 90's. Sammy was the singer then. Growing up I thought I was going to marry David Lee Roth lol my locker at school was plastered with pics of them because Mom wouldn't let me hang them up in my room
 

AlfaMan

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Saw Van Halen and Billy Squier at the Omni in Atlanta in '81, the Fair Warning tour. Best. concert. ever.

This is so sad to hear-my high school sound track for rock was Van Halen and Ozzy. Now Randy Rhoades AND Eddie are gone. Horrible, absolutely horrible.

I leave you with in my opinion was their best album, Fair Warning. It's gritty, hard as hell and something to bang your head to. While you shed tears.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGzdtJINK-E
 
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