Musicians and fans pay tribute to the influence and legacy of Eddie Van Halen

Musicians and fans pay tribute to the influence and legacy of Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen may have passed, but his legacy of over five decades lives on in the hearts of musicians across the globe.

On Tuesday (10/06), the legendary guitarist, known for his hits 'Jump,' 'Runnin' With the Devil,' 'Hot for Teacher,' and the iconic guitar solo on Michael Jackson's 'Beat It,' lost a long battle to lung cancer. He was 65. The news of his death was confirmed by Van Halen's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, on social media.

He writes, "I can't believe I'm having to write this, 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. My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop."

In a separate post, Van Halen's ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli, writes, "You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”

Musicians and fans worldwode mourn the tragic loss of Eddie Van Halen. Check out their tribute posts below.


Flea - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Gene Simmons


Sammy Hagar


Mark Morton - Lamb of God

Blaster Silonga - IV Of Spades

Sho Hikino - AOUI, Salamin

Mateus Asato

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the GOAT. RIP, Eddie Van Halen. 👑

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Lenny Kravitz

Mark Tremonti

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RIP EVH, I don’t think anyone will ever impact rock music the way you have, and I’m certain there will never be a greater guitar hero and legend.

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Frank Iero - My Chemical Romance

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damn. 🙏 RIP EVH. 👎 take a hike 2020 👎

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Oh man. This is so so heavy. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen. Thank you for changing everything. ❤️

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RIP Eddie, incredibly sad. Thank you for being a huge inspiration to every metal guitarist. From ‘beat it’ to ‘twister’ to VH, timeless and forever.

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Adam Sandler

Tosin Abasi

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RIP😞 #eddievanhalen

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The greatest. ❤️

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Enzo Marcos - Severo

Russell Manaloto - Faspitch

Joe Calixto - Wolves, Ordinary Neighbors

Robert Downey Jr.

Alice in Chains

Goo Goo Dolls

Niles Chong - Angulo

Chris Jericho

Munky - Korn

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Mötley Crüe