Guitar great Eddie Van Halen dies 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 facet, in keeping with TMZ, which first reported the musician’s demise. The information of his passing trended on Twitter Tuesday, with followers and fellow musicians expressing condolences and sharing reminiscences of the enduring guitarist’s impression on music. 

“Heaven can be electrical tonight,” Lenny Kravitz tweeted. Wrote singer and songwriter John Fogerty, “I stood in awe and full wonderment of Eddie’s immense expertise and wonderful guitar potential.” Weezer, in the meantime, mentioned it would dedicate its upcoming album Van Weezer to to the guitarist “as a thanks for all of the unimaginable music that soundtracked our youth and impressed the file.”

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 means of varied adjustments over time, 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 greatest recognized for hits together with “Panama” and “Soar.” Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

“Shedding Eddie Van Halen feels just like the demise of Superman,” one fan wrote Tuesday. “Eddie might be crucial guitarist of the 20th century.”

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Megan Wollerton