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.
We're saddened to hear of Eddie Van Halen's untimely passing today. Given the news today, we want to dedicate our album Van Weezer to Eddie as a thank you for all the incredible music that soundtracked our youth and inspired the record. RIP EVH. pic.twitter.com/plb9WIuo64
— weezer (@Weezer) October 6, 2020
Eddie Van Halen was an inspiration and a legend in the world of rock and far beyond. A true innovator. We are heartbroken to hear of his passing. His music will live on forever! https://t.co/1MBsJ6SkuN
— Evanescence (@evanescence) October 6, 2020
Devastated to hear the news about the passing of Eddie Van Halen.
“Genius”, “Legend” and “Pioneer” get thrown around way too often but, EVH earned every single one of them.
TY for sharing your gifts w/the world. Sending our love to the family, friends + VH fans everywhere. pic.twitter.com/X5hA0c99r4
— Steel Panther (@Steel_Panther) October 6, 2020
“So saddened to hear of Eddie Van Halen’s passing. I stood in awe and complete wonderment of Eddie’s immense talent and amazing guitar ability. One of the greatest rockers ever and I will miss him.”
-John Fogerty pic.twitter.com/TjdduUSlhL
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) October 6, 2020
We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen. We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in '88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, @wolfvanhalen & everyone in the greater VH family.
— Metallica (@Metallica) October 6, 2020