He lent his name to one of the biggest bands in rock’n’roll history, and now Eddie Van Halen, guitarist with Van Halen, has died.
Eddie died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.
For five decades, Eddie has played with Van Halen, establishing himself as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Infectious riffs have become staples on rock radio, some of these even sampled and mashed.
One of this scribe’s faves was a mash between Katy Perry’s California Gurls and Van Halen’s Jump (below).
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” wrote Wolfgang Van Halen – Eddie’s son – in a statement.
“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.”
“Heartbroken and speechless,” wrote Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar. “My love to the family.”
“What a Long Great Trip It’s Been”, wrote fellow band member David Lee Roth.
Van Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.