Eddie Van Halen dies at 65

2020-10-07 by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR | 69 Comments
Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died of cancer at the age of 65. Eddie's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, announced the news on Twitter.

"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."


Born in 1955, Eddie Van Halen formed Van Halen along with his older brother Alex, bassist Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth in 1974. Van Halen is undoubtedly one of the greatest hard-rock bands of the past century as well as one of the best-selling artists of all time, releasing several multi-platinum albums such as Van Halen (1978), Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982) or its greatest hit, 1984.

Eddie Van Halen's distinctive and innovative playing technique has earned him the reputation of one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

'Eruption' and 1984's 'Jump' can be streamed below.




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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2020
15465 Comments


One of the greatest. Rest in peace Eddie.

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Kompys2000
October 7th 2020
5115 Comments


A good half of my favorite bands would never have existed if not for Eddie's work on those early albums, RIP hard, dude was a legend.

ShadowRemains
October 7th 2020
26169 Comments


this fucking blows, ain’t talkin bout love and unchained on repeat

MrSirLordGentleman
October 7th 2020
13694 Comments


one of the greatest guitarists ever, no doubt about it

hard RIP

brainmelter
October 7th 2020
7318 Comments


rip. A legend

Rowhaus
October 7th 2020
3975 Comments


Major RIP. Guy was a master of the craft.

LeddSledd
October 7th 2020
3161 Comments


god fucking damn it

RIP so hard

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2020
22971 Comments


On top of being a genre defining guitarist he was such a lovely dude, so humble and down to earth.

I wasn't the biggest Van Halen fan, but fuck man, 65 is way too young to die.

Rest in peace.

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MO
October 7th 2020
23111 Comments


Fucking massive RIP

LastRites442
October 7th 2020
29 Comments


So young to pass away. Always seemed like a really cool guy and he was an amazing all around guitarist in every respect. His legacy and contributions to music will live forever. RIP

rockarollacola
October 7th 2020
532 Comments


Damn, this shit really hurts to see. Van Halen was the first band I ever got into, so this dude's impact on not only my musical taste, but my adolescence is immeasurable. The guitar gods are bringing one back home today.

Riff in Peace, Eddie.

PickleVai17
October 7th 2020
374 Comments


I'm so fuckin bummed man. He inspired me to pick up the guitar at age 11 back in 2003. Him and Steve Vai are what made me into the musician I am now. RIP Eddie. You were an inspiration to many.

BaloneyPony
October 7th 2020
282 Comments


Dad used to play Eddie jams all the time. This fucking blows. One of the earliest sounds that ever entered my eardrums.

Imperial
October 7th 2020
1906 Comments


Couldn't imagine how hard it must be for Wolfgang, losing a father must be immensely painful. Eruption was one of those things that became a staple of every budding guitarist. Any young guitarist worth his weight in salt could at least play the tapping section. Nobody could make it sound as good as Eddie though. He was a master. So good that he could play a fucking keyboard and nobody gave a shit, cause he was just that good.

Morningrise767
October 7th 2020
2918 Comments


R.I.P Legend

MetalMarcJK
October 7th 2020
217 Comments


We can’t get this stuff no more. Thanks for the music, Eddie. Wolf, Al, Val, Janie, Dave...we love you. Gutted. 😞

Shine on.

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TronaldDump
October 7th 2020
1026 Comments


Easily one of the greatest guitarists of all time, RIP to a music legend.

SandwichBubble
October 7th 2020
12458 Comments


That first album will forever be one of my first music obsessions. Big, big loss.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2020
12554 Comments


Van Halen AND Neil Peart in the same awful year. I can't even...

JAV
October 7th 2020
3417 Comments


This was a surprise

ChaoticVortex
October 7th 2020
1091 Comments


Not even the biggest Van Halen fan and I'm fucking gutted. He was an absolute wizard on the six-strings and a damn good songwriter as well. R.I.P. to a true legend.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2020
12093 Comments


One of the last true guitar heroes. RIP.

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joesmoe4000
October 7th 2020
664 Comments


Rest In Peace to One of the Greatest Guitarist Ever there will never be another like you.

OmairSh
October 7th 2020
17404 Comments


Fuck 2020, fuck cancer

RIP legend

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DePlazz
October 7th 2020
2568 Comments


Devastating. RIP

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InFlamesWeThrash666
October 7th 2020
9925 Comments


Absolute legend who influenced almost everything rock or metal related.

Hardest RIP

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cloakanddagger
October 7th 2020
424 Comments


Literally changed the face of metal with his guitar style, utterly devastated about this.
RIP.

0xME
October 7th 2020
641 Comments


RIP, absolute guitar icon

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garas
October 7th 2020
5502 Comments


He was indeed a legend. Very sad. RIP

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CaliggyJack
October 7th 2020
4498 Comments


God fucking dammit... I'm not even sad anymore... just tired.

There goes the greatest guitarist in musical history, and there goes Van Halen.

Rest in Rock and Roll Eddie

Zig
October 7th 2020
2279 Comments


Sad news, mostly because that his alcoholism and drug abuse really had left their mark on his health.
RIP, guitar extraordinaire.

EvoHavok
October 7th 2020
7853 Comments


Huge influence on so many bands. R.I.P.

Madbutcher3
October 7th 2020
2755 Comments


really is runnin' with the devil now

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2020
9014 Comments


Huge RIP.....

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Davil667
October 7th 2020
3883 Comments


R.I.P.

Legends never die.

Davil667
October 7th 2020
3883 Comments


Damn this hurts :-[

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2020
9472 Comments


The end of an era

RIP

thunderlimbo
October 7th 2020
50 Comments


Legend. Personification of a guitar god. Rest in peace.

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2020
6409 Comments


RIP legend.

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Veks
October 7th 2020
1398 Comments


Rest in peace.

botb
October 7th 2020
14238 Comments


If you like any sort of rock or metal music, this man’s influence on you is absolutely undeniable. Rest in power to an absolutely legend.

SuzyC
October 7th 2020
137 Comments


Thanks for all that great music, brother. You will be greatly missed.

Storm In A Teacup
October 7th 2020
30870 Comments


Shred in Peace

BigPleb
October 7th 2020
61667 Comments


Massive RIP, such a legend.

This one hurts.

Sabrutin
October 7th 2020
7357 Comments


...

RIP

combustion07
October 7th 2020
7800 Comments


RIP to a legend. Tis a sad year indeed

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MercySeat
October 7th 2020
346 Comments


RIP

StickFeit
October 7th 2020
1329 Comments


Hard RIP

SteakByrnes
October 7th 2020
22132 Comments


Huge RIP, dude was a legend

zoso33
October 7th 2020
552 Comments


RIP Eddie

Archelirion
October 7th 2020
6275 Comments


Jesus. Rest in peace Eddie

unclereich
October 7th 2020
8999 Comments


see ya in panama some day eddie

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Valzentia
October 7th 2020
1133 Comments


RIP

MUNGOLOID
October 7th 2020
4522 Comments


I drank so much last night after I heard this. Worth it for one of the goats.

Darius The Imposter
October 7th 2020
22753 Comments


that really sucks

CosmicPie
October 7th 2020
2812 Comments


RIP. One of the greats. A guitar icon.

Asdfp277
October 8th 2020
23084 Comments


rest in peace

MorphineInhaler
October 8th 2020
8 Comments


RIP to one of the best guitarists

Since
October 9th 2020
65 Comments


As important as Hendrix in terms of influence and technique innovation. He was the first real guitar hero. RIP.

GrandpaFred
October 9th 2020
36 Comments


fuck you 2020. rip eddie.

slikphuk
October 9th 2020
517 Comments


man was a legend. rip eddie

Grungil
October 10th 2020
37 Comments


One of the best in the world. RIP.

Samano89
October 10th 2020
106 Comments


1. Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.
2. Everyone else great, and it ain’t even a close second.

R.I.P. EVH.

TheAntichrist
October 10th 2020
2009 Comments


man fuck this year

joshieboy
October 11th 2020
7852 Comments


2020 what an absolute prick of a year

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2020
9014 Comments


The Mad Genius of Eddie Van Halen

http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/10/mad-genius-eddie-van-halen/616684/

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2020
12554 Comments


And what a mad genius he was. Not only did he find the time to invent some never-heard-before shit to play, he also went about tinkering with his equipment in ways other people had never thought of while *also* creating his own unique visual calling card with that Frankenstrat paint job.

Dude was a true original in every sense of the word.

e210013
October 11th 2020
3167 Comments


Another legend gone. R.I.P. hard.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2020
20573 Comments


this is where 2020 got dark



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