Guitarist and Van Halen co-founder Eddie Van Halen has died at age 65 after a battle with throat cancer, his son announced Tuesday.
In a tweet, his son Wolfgang said his father died Tuesday morning.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for,” he tweeted. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”
Van Halen formed the band Van Halen in the early 1970s with his brother Alex. By the mid-1980s, they had become one of the biggest names in hard rock with hits like “Panama” and “Jump.”
Eddie Van Halen was born in the Netherlands and moved to Pasadena with his family in the 1960s. They collaborated with vocalist David Lee Roth in the early 1970s and bassist Michael Anthony to form what would eventually become a superstar band that got its break in Los Angeles’ club scene.
Before combining talents, they were part of different high school bands. They attended Pasadena City College together and formed a band called Mammoth. After discovering another band by the same name, they changed to Van Halen,.Gene Simmons of KISS produced the group’s first recording session in the late 1970s. He called Eddie Van Halen a Guitar god and a friend.