Legendary Rock Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Passes Away

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Yesterday (Oct. 6), 2020 decided to give the world yet another “L” when legendary rockstar and icon Eddie Van Halen passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 65.

Much to the shock of everyone, yesterday his son Wolf Van Halen shared the heartbreaking news on Twitter writing ““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 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.”

Many hardcore Rock-N-Rollers consider Eddie Van Halen arguably the greatest guitarist of all-time this side of Eric Clapton. A child of Dutch immigrants, Van Halen burst onto the rock scene after he and his brother Alex linked up with David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony to form the legendary rock group and released their self-titled debut classic, Van Halen in 1978.

Unfortunately Eddie had been battling throat-cancer for a while now and revealed in 2019 that he’d been receiving treatment for the disease for the previous five years.

While it may seem like this is a loss that only the Rock genre will mourn, artists from different cultures of life including the legendary Hip-Hop producer DJ Premier took to social media to express their grief upon news of his passing.

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I Witnessed Him LIVE On Stage Since 1982… To Hear His Style Of Guitar Playing… It’s A Lane He Owned… [R.I.P.] And Salute To The LEGEND/ICON… EDDIE VAN HALEN @eddievanhalen Who Had Died From Cancer At The Age Of 65… ONE OF THE GREATEST ROCKERS EVER And ONE OF THE GREATEST BANDS EVER!!! 🙏🏾🌹🕊🎸

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Rest In Peace, Eddie.

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