Eddie Van Halen dies aged 65
Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65.
The guitarist passed away this morning (October 6th). He had been receiving treatment for throat cancer for the last decade.
His son, Wolf, confirmed the news online.
Born Edward Lodewijk van Halen in Amsterdam in 1955, van Halen's family eventually settled in California, where he and brother Alex grew up.
He and his brother formed the band when van Halen was just 17, and, after years of gigging in their native California, they signed to Warner Brothers in 1977.
In later years, his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, became a member of the band and toured alongside his Father and Uncle.
Van Halen formed the band of the same name in California in 1972, coming together with singer David Lee Roth on vocals, his brother Alex on drums, and Michael Anthony on bass.
Across their career, the band would go on to sell over 80 million albums, 56 million in the US alone, with hits like 'Jump', 'Why Can't This Be Love' and 'Runnin' With The Devil'. The band released their last album, A Different Kind Of Truth, in 2012.
During the band's career, Roth left to pursue a solo career, and was replaced, at various times, by Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone. They had reunited with Roth in 2007 and he remained in the line-up.
Away from the band, Van Halen collaborated with other artists throughout his career. He provided the guitar solo on Michael Jackson's megahit 'Beat It' and also recorded with Black Sabbath, Brian May and Roger Waters.