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Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65

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Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen has died at 65 after a prolonged battle with throat cancer.

Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, announced the passing via his Instagram account "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."

Wolfgang's mother, and Van Halen's former wife, Valerie Bertinelli responded with a string of broken heart emojis. The pair were married for 26 years before divorcing back in 2007.

Eddie Van Halen founded the band Van Halen with his brother, Alex, in the late 1970s.  By the early 1980s, they were one of the most successful rock acts of all times. Their album '1984' went platinum times five. 

In addition to his son, Van Halen was survived by his wife Janie. 

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