A hard rock legend is gone … Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen, founder and guitarist of the group Van Halen died at the age of 65 from throat cancer, a disease that ‘he had been fighting for over ten years. Married to the rock star for twenty-six years, it is with emotion that the actress Valerie Bertinelli paid tribute to her on social networks: “40 years ago, my life changed forever when I met you . You gave me the only true light in my life, our son Wolfgang. ” If the couple had separated, because Eddie Van Halen was addicted to cocaine, the actress only keeps good memories of the musician. She continued, “Throughout your treatment for lung cancer, you kept your beautiful mind and that mischievous smile. I’m so grateful that I was able to be by your side with Wolfie during your last moments. We’ll meet again in our next life my love. “
It is the son of the musician and the actress who announced his disappearance in a press release published on social networks. In the latter, he shared: “I can’t believe what I write, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and ardent battle with cancer this morning. He is the best father in the world. . All the moments I shared with him on and off stage were precious. My heart is broken and I think I will never really get over this loss. I love you so much dad. ” In order to break the news, Wolfgang Van Halen shared a black and white snapshot of his father laughing.
John Mayer’s powerful tribute
In a lengthy post on Instaura, American singer and musician John Mayer called Eddie Van Halen a “guitar superhero” and “a true virtuoso”. He went on to write, “Watching him as a young child was one of the driving forces behind my need to pick up a guitar. I was so blown away to see him exert such control and expression on his instrument. guitar taught me so many things, but still absolutely nothing about how to play like Eddie Van Halen. And for that reason, I have never stopped looking at him in awe and wonder, and I promise you that I will. never will. “
Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli © © Capital Pictures / KCS