Eddie Van Halen Tributes Paid To Rock Guitarist Following Death At 65

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Eddie Van Halen Tributes Paid To Rock Guitarist Following Death At 65

Tributes have been paid to Eddie Van Halen, the revered guitarist and co-founder of rock band Van Halen, following his death at the age of 65.

Kiss singer Gene Simmons remembered him as a “Guitar God”, while other stars likened him to a modern-day Mozart.

Van Halen’s long-time frontman David Lee Roth posted a photo of himself beside his former bandmate, writing: “What a long, great trip it’s been.

The Dutch-American musician had been receiving treatment for throat cancer.

His band were best known for their song Jump, which hit the top of the US charts in 1984.

His son Wolfgang paid tribute to him on social media, saying he was the best father he could ever ask for.

“Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift,” wrote Wolfgang, who became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.

“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

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The guitarist had been in and out of hospital in the past year and recently underwent a round of chemotherapy, TMZ reported, citing sources.

Queen guitarist Brian May remembered how “those truly magical fingers opened a door to a new kind of playing”.

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He wrote on Instagram: “This wonderful man was way too young to be taken. What a talent – what a legacy – probably the most original and dazzling rock guitarist in history.”

Simmons tweeted: “My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!”

Also on Twitter, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea wrote that Van Halen had a “beautiful creative heart”.

Eddie Van Halen Tributes Paid To Rock Guitarist Following Death At 65

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