LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/CBS SF) — Rock legend Eddie Van Halen, a virtuoso guitarist who redefined how the instrument was played with the platinum-selling band he co-founded, has died of cancer at the age of 65.
The rocker’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, confirmed the death of his father Tuesday afternoon with a tweet, saying that Van Halen had “lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.”
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— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020
Van Halen was the guitarist, main songwriter and founder of the influential Los Angeles hard-rock band Van Halen, which also included his brother Alex on the drums, bassist Mark Stone and charismatic frontman David Lee Roth.READ MORE: Veteran Falls Victim To Phishing Scam, Loses $19,000 From Chase Bank Account Meant For Daughter's College Education
Longtime bassist Michael Anthony would round out the classic line-up of the group that released a string of platinum albums starting with the band’s groundbreaking eponymous release Van Halen in 1978.MORE NEWS: 'Makes Americans More Free': Dana Zzyym Issued 1st U.S. Passport With Gender X Designation