Metallica, Evanescence, Aerosmith, Nikki Sixx and More Remember The Late Eddie Van Halen

The music community is mourning the loss of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen. The iconic Van Halen guitarist died of throat cancer on Tuesday (Oct. 6) at the age of 65 years old.

According to TMZ, Sources close to the rock icon said he died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica on October 6. His wife, Janie along with his son Wolfgang and Van Halen’s brother and drummer Alex were by his side.

Metallica, Aerosmith, Nikki Sixx, Evanescence, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Lindsay Ell, Kenny Chesney and more remembered the late guitarist with emotion-filled social media tributes.

Musicians are speaking out remembering the late rock icon, you can read all they have to say below.

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Just heard the news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing ….. this hit me hard. There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators. Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet , and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more. Even without the finger tapping, you had a player with extraordinary touch, tone, and a rhythmic pocket and bounce that floated like Ali in the ring. He was a master of complex solos that spoke to non musicians…THAT IS HARD TO DO. The reason was the exquisite melody in his heart, and the joy in his soul of playing FOR people – and it came through like a ray of sun we ALL felt. I say a prayer today for his family and friends. – and from players like me , all over the world who never got to meet him, I say THANK YOU EDDIE. WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!

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I was never a guitar player, and often always wanted to be, but one thing is for certain, there hasn’t been one guitar player I’ve ever played with from age 10 til now that never showed up wanting to rock this mans riffs. Legend? Understatement. guitar god? No doubt. innovator? ABSOLUTELY. That’s what made Edward different from everyone else, and having kids all over the world start finger tapping the fretboard and painting up their guitars like him. When you heard him play, you knew it was him. When people tried to play it, it never sounded like him. He was a damn alien, and undoubtedly hands down probably one of the greatest guitar players to ever pick up the instrument. My condolences go out to his family at this time. @wolfvanhalen carry on that legacy and keep it alive brother. Much love, and strength being sent your way at this time. RIP Edward Lodewijk Van Halen

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