Rock legend Eddie Van Halen dies aged 65
Iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen, the co-founder of the legendary American rock band Van Halen, has died after a “long and arduous battle with cancer,” his family announced on Tuesday.
“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, ”
his son, musician Wolfgang Van Halen, posted on Twitter.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for.
Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”
Van Halen was born in the Netherlands, and his musical family moved
to the Los Angeles area of California when he was seven.
Without being able to read music, he learned to play classical piano by watching and listening.
“We came here with approximately $50 and a piano, and we didn’t speak the language,” he said in a 2015 interview.
“Now look where we are. If that’s not the American dream, what is?”
He joined with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, in 1972 to form a band
that would later become Van Halen, which was was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Kiss lead guitarist Tommy Thayer and Hollywood director Paul
Feig were among the many musicians and celebrities posting tributes to Van Halen after news broke of his death.