Musicians and Celebrities React to Death of Eddie Van Halen

The legendary guitarist died at age 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen, photo by Philip Cosores

Tragically, news broke earlier today that the legendary Eddie Van Halen has died at age 65 following a long battle with throat cancer. Needless to say, the rock world and beyond has been devastated by the iconic musician’s passing.

The Van Halen guitarist’s playing influenced countless musicians over the past 40-plus years. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer revolutionized the way the instrument was played with his lightning quick fingers, as evidenced on the instrumental classic “Eruption”.

Along with David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and his brother Alex, Eddie Van Halen dominated rock music with Van Halen. Beginning with their 1978 self-titled debut, they came out swinging, quickly becoming multi-platinum superstars. They continued to achieve massive success with Sammy Hagar as their singer, and welcomed back David Lee Roth for a triumphant tour in 2006. Following their 2012 album A Different Kind of Truth, they went on hiatus in 2015. Eddie and his unmatched guitar skills were some of the few constants in the band throughout their career.

Since news of Eddie Van Halen’s death was announced, tributes have been pouring in from fellow musicians via social media. David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Wolfgang Van Halen, and members of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, KISS, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Queen, and so many more rock peers have expressed their condolences, as have celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Hammill, Patton Oswalt, and others.

See a collection of social media reactions to Eddie Van Halen’s passing below. Statements from past and present Van Halen members are collected here, while tributes from fellow guitar legends can be found here.

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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