Guitar Superstar Eddie Van Halen dead at 65. He was a guitar god. I met Eddie many times before the band was known outside of Southern California. Saw him play at what we called garage parties. Also the number of times the band played the whisky was unbelievable. A club band made good. Eddie Van Halen dead at 65. This from TMZ.
Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us … he died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie’s brother and drummer.We’re told in the last 72 hours, Eddie’s ongoing health battle went massively downhill — doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he’s been in and out of the hospital over the past year — including last November for intestinal issues — and recently underwent a round of chemo.Last year we reported … Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.