Eddie Van Halen passed away today, October 6th, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. The legendary guitarist of Van Halen was 65 years old and his death was confirmed by his son and Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang Van Halen. 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. 

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."
 
A great guitar hero has died, a guitar pioneer is no longer with us. 
Rest in Peace, Eddie ...