"I can't believe I have to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and hard battle with cancer this morning," his son Wolf Van Halen tweeted. “He was the best father I could have asked for. Every moment that I shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don't think I will ever fully recover from this loss.”
Eddie Van Halen and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, were the backbone of the band which included vocalist David Lee Roth and bass player, Michael Anthony.
Eddie was famous for his blistering guitar solos and the band became huge in the 1980’s with hits like ‘Jump’, ‘Running with the Devil’ and ‘Panama’. Van Halen was entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine named Eddie Van Halen the 8th best guitarist of all time by behind Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, BB King and Chuck Berry.