EDDIE VAN HALEN DIES Tuesday October 6 2020, 5:37 PM

Eddie Van Halen   has passed away after a long battle with cancer. The legendary   VAN HALEN   guitarist was 65 years old. His death was confirmed by his son, and   VAN HALEN   bassist,   Wolfgang Van Halen .

Wolfgang   wrote: "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'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."

According to   TMZ ,   Eddie   died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife,   Janie , was by his side, along with   Wolfgang , and   Alex ,   Eddie 's brother and   VAN HALEN   drummer.

The site reports that   Eddie 's ongoing health battle went massively downhill in the last 72 hours, with doctors discovering his cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

There have been a lot of rumors regarding the   VAN HALEN   guitarist's supposedly worsening health, with   TMZ   reporting recently that   Van Halen   has been traveling between the U.S. and Germany for cancer treatment going on several years now. The site later said that "the sad medical news had some folks thinking   Eddie   was on his death bed ... but we're told that's anything but the case."

Back in September 2019, singer   David Lee Roth   said that there were no plans for   VAN HALEN   to do anything for the foreseeable future. "I think   VAN HALEN 's finished and this is the next phase," he said, referring to his solo project. "And that being said,   Eddie 's got his own story to tell. Not mine to tell it."

Last October,   Eddie   stopped by a   McLaren   dealership in Beverly Hills and mingled with the sales team, taking pictures and even giving one fan a kiss. A few days later, he was photographed at a spinal neurosurgeon's office in Beverly Hills.

A rep for   Van Halen   had no comment on   TMZ 's initial report when reached by   Fox News .

Early last year, rumors were rampant that the classic-era lineup of   VAN HALEN   would reunite for the first time since 1984. It's unclear why the tour didn't happen, though there has been online chatter that a health setback involving   Eddie Van Halen   might have been responsible.

Last November,   TMZ   reported that   Eddie   spent several days in a hospital due to complications from his cancer treatment. Sources close to the legendary guitarist told the site he was admitted to the hospital with intestinal issues and abdominal pain, both the result of a bad reaction to the drugs   Eddie   was reportedly taking to battle throat cancer.

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