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Eddie Van Halen, the iconic rock guitarist and namesake of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Van Halen, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 65.
Van Halen died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with throat cancer, TMZ reports. The website reports the rock star’s health quickly deteriorated over the last 72 hours after it was discovered the cancer had spread to his brain and other organs. He’d been battling cancer for a more than a decade.
Throughout much of his battle, Van Halen continued to tour after reuniting with frontman David Lee Roth. The reformed band (with Eddie’s son Wolfgang on bass) played PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel in 2015. Throughout the performance Van Halen put on a clinic in his patented two-handed tapping style that helped modernize electric guitar playing in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift,” Wolfgang wrote on Instagram Tuesday. “My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”
Led by Van Halen’s speed-freak playing and unforgettable riffs, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. The band sold 56 million albums in the U.S. alone.
The band’s most recent album was 2012\u2032s well-reviewed “A Different Kind of Truth.”
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