The famous rock guitarist and co-founder of the band that bears his last name, Eddie van Halen, passed away this Tuesday at the age of 65. because of cancer, as confirmed by his son Wolf on his personal Twitter account.

“I can’t believe I have to write this, but my father has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” wrote the son of the late and bassist of the group since 2006. “He was the best father I could have asked for. Every moment I shared with him on and off stage was a gift“.

Together with his brother Alex, Eddie founded Van Halen in the seventies, a band with which he reached the top of the best-selling rock album charts, mainly among the eighties and nineties. Su single Jump, Released in December 1983, it peaked at the top of the charts in the US, Canada and Italy and entered prominently in those of 13 other countries.

According to the American publication TMZ, the musician born in the Netherlands in 1955, but who settled in California (USA) at the age of seven, died this Tuesday in the hospital in Santa Monica (California) after a battle of more than a decade against throat cancer that had spread to the brain and other organs.

Van Halen has often been considered one of the best guitarists in rock history for his interpretation of solos of great virtuosity, speed and technical complexity, taking the technique of tapping at its finest.

Rock between brothers

Eddie Van Halen and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, were the backbone of this iconic rock formation that entered the Hall of Fame del Rock and Roll en 2007.

The Van Halens were born in a very musical family (his father played instruments such as the saxophone or the clarinet) who, being very young, moved to the Californian city of Pasadena (USA).

Already in the 70s, the Van Halen brothers took their first steps in music with bands such as Mammoth and were forged in the circuit of rooms of southern California, but the big pitch would come in 1978 already with Van Halen as the name of his project.

His debut album, Van Halen, It already had David Lee Roth as singer and Michael Anthony as bassist and it was a tremendous triumph that helped establish the canon del hard rock or heavy rock that slipped without problems into the radio hits of that time.

Above all, Eddie Van Halen’s guitar was fiery, frenzied, tireless and very given to solos (sometimes with both hands on the neck), which in 2015 was chosen as the eighth best guitarist of all time by the magazine Rolling Stone (Only Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, BB King and Chuck Berry were left ahead of him).

Eddie Van Halen’s ‘Frankenstrat’ guitar in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2019.
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Massive concerts and great displays of effects on stage Always under the command of Eddie Van Halen’s enormous talent as a guitarist, they shaped Van Halen’s spectacular rock bet, which continued to achieve success with albums such as Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), 1984 (1984) o 5150 (1986).

In addition to Jump, in which they dared with great success to incorporate synthesizers in their sound, Van Halen’s legacy includes songs like Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, Panama, Hot for Teacher The Runnin’ with The Devil.

Four decades of rock

The group went through training problems and changes of all kinds, especially because of the comings and goings of singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar, but both Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex were always at the forefront as the indestructible foundations of a band that has been active for more four decades.

Eddie Van Halen, who dealt throughout his life with alcoholism and other addictions, He also had time to put on a medal outside of his band, since, for example, his guitar shone in the unforgettable Beat It (1982) by Michael Jackson.

The guitarist, who apparently never learned music theory and notation, was married for more than twenty years to actress Valerie Bertinelli, from whom he separated at the beginning of the century; and later married Janie Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen, in Los Angeles, California (USA), in 2007.
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Eddie Van Halen’s death caused commotion on social media, where his passing became a worldwide trend, and numerous musicians showed their sadness, including some of the members of Van Halen.

“Heartbroken and speechless. My love for the family,” the singer wrote on Twitter. Sammy Hagar with a photo in which he appeared with his companion of adventures in Van Halen.

“Eddie was not only a guitar god but also a genuinely beautiful soul,” he said. Gene Simmons, de Kiss.

“Crushed. Fucking crushed (…). You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar,” he said. Nikki Sixx, de Mötley Crüe.

“I love you, Eddie Van Halen. A true rocker, a deep musician, a huge heart,” he said in his goodbye. Flea, de Red Hot Chili Peppers.