Eddie Van Halen

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Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen at the New Haven Coliseum.jpg
Van Halen performing in the late 1970s with his Frankenstrat.
Born
Edward Lodewijk van Halen

(1955-01-26)January 26, 1955
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedOctober 6, 2020(2020-10-06) (aged 65)
Nationality
  • American
  • Dutch
Occupation
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1972–2020
Spouse(s)
ChildrenWolfgang Van Halen
RelativesAlex Van Halen (brother)
Musical career
OriginPasadena, California, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • keyboards
Labels
Associated acts

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 - October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-born American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is most famous as the guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is listed as number 70 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" issue.

In 2007 Eddie Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van Halen died from throat cancer at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65 surrounded by his wife, Janie; son and Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang; ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli; and brother, Alex; co-founder and drummer of Van Halen.[1][2][3] Some of Van Halen's childhood landmarks in Pasadena became memorials where fans could pay their respects.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Appleford, Steve (October 6, 2020). "Eddie Van Halen, grinning guitar god for a rock generation, dies at 65". Los Angeles Times.
  2. Farber, Jim (October 6, 2020). "Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65". The New York Times.
  3. Price, Steve (October 6, 2020). "San Diegans react to death of rock icon Eddie Van Halen". cbs8.com.
  4. Bermont, Bradley (October 8, 2020). "Photos: Eddie Van Halen's childhood landmarks have become memorials for Pasadena's guitar god". Pasadena Star News. Retrieved October 13, 2020.