Eddie Van Halen, Guitar and Rock Legend Has Died, Age 65

Sad news to report as music legend and guitar innovator Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen has died. He was 65. The news was broken by Eddie’s son Wolfgang (Wolfie) on social media. Eddie battled tongue and throat cancer for years, the more recent struggles kept mostly a secret, and the musician rarely appeared in public or discussed his ongoing battle. We’ll continue to track this story as news becomes available, and we send our condolences to the Van Halen family, friends, peers, and millions of fans everywhere.


Wolfgang wrote: “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. 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.”