Edward “Eddie” Van Halen, who was a co-founding member and former lead guitarist of the rock band Van Halen, died on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at the age of 65.
Rest In Peace to Eddie Van Halen
He and his brother, Alex Van Halen, who is the former drummer of Van Halen, were born in Amsterdam. The brothers grew up in a musical family – their father was a Dutch clarinetist, saxophonist, and pianist.
In 1962, when Eddie was six, his family moved to Pasadena, California, where he became a naturalized citizen. This is also when he started taking piano lessons, although he would eventually settle on playing the guitar. He continued to pursue his love of music throughout his childhood, even starting a band with his brother and other schoolmates while still in elementary school.
Eddie helped form Van Halen in 1972, and the band was subsequently offered a recording contract in 1977. Their self-titled debut album reached number 19 on the music charts, becoming one of rock music’s most commercially successful debuts. Their popularity continued on through the 1980s and 1990s, and they won a Grammy award in 1992. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Eddie specifically receiving acclaim for his highly influential lead guitar work.
Eddie also found success as a solo artist, a collaborator with bands like Kiss and Black Sabbath, and as a contributor for movie soundtracks.
Eddie battled throat cancer for five years, which he sadly succumbed to. He’s survived by his brother, former bandmates, his wife Janie, and son Wolfgang, who is the current bassist for Van Halen.