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Guitar great Eddie Van Halen dead at 65: ‘Heaven will be electric tonight’

Van Halen battled throat most cancers.


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Guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died at age 65. Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, confirmed the news Tuesday on Twitter, citing his father’s “lengthy and arduous battle with most cancers.” 

Van Halen died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California, of throat most cancers, along with his spouse Janie, son Wolfgang and his older brother, Alex, at his aspect, in accordance with TMZ, which first reported the musician’s dying. The information of his passing is trending on Twitter, with followers and fellow musicians expressing condolences and sharing recollections of the enduring guitarist’s affect on music. 

“Heaven might be electrical tonight,” Lenny Kravitz tweeted.  

Eddie and Alex fashioned their instrumental arduous rock band, Van Halen, in Pasadena in 1972. Eddie performed guitar, with Alex on drums, David Lee Roth singing and Michael Anthony on bass. 

The band went by way of numerous modifications through the years, together with Roth leaving within the mid-’80s, solely to return a number of occasions to tackle the position of lead singer. In 2006, Wolfgang, Van Halen’s son with ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, changed Anthony on bass. The band is finest identified for hits together with “Panama” and “Bounce.” Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“Dropping Eddie Van Halen feels just like the dying of Superman,” one fan wrote Tuesday. “Eddie might be a very powerful guitarist of the 20th century.”



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Megan Wollerton