Eddie Van Halen Dies Of Throat Cancer Aged 65

by : Emma Rosemurgey on :
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Rock music legend Eddie Van Halen has died from throat cancer.

The guitarist and Van Halen founder is said to have passed away beside his wife Janie, son Wolfgang and brother Alex, at St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica today, October 6.


According to TMZ, the 65-year-old’s health majorly deteriorated in the last 72 hours, when doctors discovered his throat cancer had spread to his brain.

Eddie’s son, Wolfgang , took to Instagram this evening to share the sad news, 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’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.

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Eddie had been living with cancer for more than a decade, with reports he had been in hospital at the back end of last year with intestinal issues. He had recently been undergoing chemotherapy. Despite this, he continued to rehearse and make music with his beloved son, who became Van Halen’s bass guitarist in 2006.

He is widely thought to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and his legacy will continue to reach rock lovers all over the world.

Rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen.


If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

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