Guitarist and founder of rock band Van Halen was 65
American guitarist and founder of the rock band Van Halen, Edward van Halen, has died at the age of 65. This was announced on Tuesday by his son on his Twitter page.
“I can’t believe I have to write this, but my father Edward Lodewijk van Halen lost a long and difficult battle with cancer,” the son said in a message.
According to sources of the American portal TMZ, van Halen passed away in a clinic in Santa Monica (California). Next to him were his wife, son and brother.
The musician was diagnosed with throat cancer more than 10 years ago. According to the portal, the performer’s condition deteriorated sharply at the end of last week.
Van Halen was born in the Netherlands. In 1962, his family moved to the United States. Eddie van Halen and his brother Alex founded a group that later became Van Halen. Rolling Stone magazine calls the musician “a legendary innovator and virtuoso” and “one of the greatest performers in rock history.” The publication notes that the musician had a “huge impact” on this direction.