• Charlie Fripp

Musicians Mourn the Death of Guitarist Eddie Van Halen

The news of the passing of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has rocked the music industry, with several musicians paying tribute to arguably one of the best guitarists in modern times.

His son Wolfgang confirmed the news on social media, stating that he died from cancer.

“I can't believe I have to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long 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,” he wrote.

Van Halen’s former wife Valerie Bertinelli also took to Instagram to pay tribute to him.

“You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin,” she wrote.

Musicians mourn the loss

Several rockers took to various social media platforms to pay tribute to Van Halen. See their posts below:

#EddieVanHalen #RIPEddieVanHalen

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