Following a long battle with throat cancer, Eddie Van Halen, lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Van Halen, has died aged 65.
The 65-year-old had been living with throat cancer for the past number of years.
The news was confirmed by Eddie Van Halen’s son ‘Wolfgang Van Halen’ who tweeted “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning” and added that “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”
The band wrote many classics such as Jump, Runnin’ with the Devil, Ain’t Talking About Love, Hot for Teacher, and Why can’t this be Love.
Eddie was also famous for his guitar solo instrumental ‘Eruption’, as well as his guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’.
With 12 studio albums to their name, Van Halen has had more number one hits on the mainstream US rock charts than any other artist.