Eddie Van Halen, the guitar virtuoso of the rock band Van Halen, died on Tuesday (October 6) following a long battle with cancer. Eddie's son, Wolf Van Halen shared the heartbreaking news on social media.
Remembering his father Wolf wrote on Twitter, "I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for." He added, "Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop."
Eddie Was Best Known For The Move Known As Finger-Tapping
Eddie was born in the Netherlands and was raised in California. According to reports, Van Halen had founded the rock group with his older brother Alex in the early 1970s and quickly earned a fan base. He was known for a famous guitar move, which later on came to be known as "finger-tapping" -- playing the guitar with two hands, like a piano.
Some of the classics by Van Halen are 'Jump', 'Panama', 'Runnin with the Devil', and the guitar solo 'Eruption'. Many celebrities from the music world paid tribute to Eddie on Tuesday following the news of his death.
Many Big Names Of The Music Industry Paid Tribute To Eddie
Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi tweeted, "I'm just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen. He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again."
Eddie Passed Away At The Age Of 65
While Yusuf/Cat Stevens wrote on his Twitter account, "Sad to hear Eddie Van Halen has passed away. A guitar innovator with a fierce spirit of musical and technical exploration. Prayers and thoughts with his family and friends", songwriter Diane Warren wrote in a tweet, "guitars are gently weeping everywhere. Shred In Power Eddie Van Halen."
Eddie passed away at the age of 65 and is survived by his second wife Janie Liszewski and his son Wolf Van Halen, as well as his first wife Valerie Bertinelli.