Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65 After Cancer Battle
- American rock band Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen died on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65. He had been undergoing treatment for throat cancer.
His death was announced by his son, Wolf Van Halen, on Twitter. “I can't believe I'm having to write this,” the statement said, “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.”
His band, Van Halen, was best known for their song “Jump”, which was released in December 1983 from their sixth studio album “1984”.
The song reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Also, he was known for performing guitar solo on Michael Jackson's “Beat It”, which was released from his sixth studio album “Thriller” in 1982.
“I think it's funny the way people talk about that,” Eddie Van Halen told Billboard in 2015. “It was 20 minutes of my life. I didn't want anything for doing that. I literally thought to myself, 'Who is possibly going to know if I play on this kid's record?' So I went to the studio and listened to the song twice, and I didn't like the section they wanted me to solo over. They wanted me to solo over the breakdown. I asked [Thriller producer] Quincy Jones to edit the chords underneath the solo. Then I could play the solo in the key of E, but it was the chords underneath that made the solo interesting. So I guess I did rearrange it.”
Van Halen was formed by Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex Van Halen in 1972. The band released 12 studio albums, two live albums, two compilation albums, and 56 singles.
The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
He grew up obsessed with Eric Clapton. But he completed his own guitar style, heavy on tapping, with both hands on the neck of the instrument. It is so hard to imitate.
- source : Rolling Stone