Eddie Van Halen, one of the best guitarists in the history of rock, died at age 65 after losing his battle with cancer. He announced it through his son, Wolf Van Halen, on Twitter:
— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam on January 26, 1955. It was not until 1972 that he began to show his talent in social events that would mark the beginning of an extraordinary career. Gene Simmons, another iconic rock figure – bassist of Kiss -, supported the Van Halen band financially by publishing their first songs. At the end of the decade of the 70s it began to consolidate thanks to the album Van Halen and the topics Runnin’ with the Devil and Eruption, among others. The rest is history.
For the magazine Rolling Stone, surely the most prestigious in the world of the rock, Eddie Van Halen is considered between the 100 best guitarists of the history. The band formed by himself along with David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony is one of the most influential for the mentioned genre. Nowadays, nevertheless, Van Halen has as members David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen. The latter two, brother and son of the founder, respectively.
According to information from TMZ, Eddie Van Halen was in a hospital in Santa Monica, California, at the time of his death. His fight against cancer lasted a whole decade, because it was in 2000 when reports arose about the irreparable damage caused by too much smoking. In fact, during that same year he underwent surgery on his throat. Although he never spoke about it, it is almost a fact that tobacco caused him the disease.
Thus, the world bids farewell to an iconic figure of music whose legacy will endure forever.