Eddie Van Halen, renowned guitarist, dies at 65 after cancer battle


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Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen plays guitar in 1993.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen tunes up backstage before a performance at Lewisham Odeon in England in May 1978, during the band’s first world tour.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Eddie, left, smiles for a photo with his older brother Alex in May 1978.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen sits in the band’s tour bus outside the Lewisham Odeon on May 27, 1978. On the table are cans of Colt 45, matches and a replica hand gun.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen strikes a pose at Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan in June 1978.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

The band poses for a photo on a wall in Kyoto in June 1978.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen performs at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London, in October 1978.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli marry at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Westwood, California, on April 11, 1981. Together they had a son, Wolfgang. The couple divorced in 2007.

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Van Halen poses with his guitar collection at his home in Los Angeles in 1982.

Remembering Eddie Van Halen

Van Halen performs “Beat It” with Michael Jackson during Jackson’s Victory Tour in Irving, Texas. Van Halen famously lent his guitar chops to the song, a smash 1983 hit from the landmark “Thriller” album.

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The band poses for a photo by the pool at Eddie’s studio, 5150 Studio, in Los Angeles in 1985.

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Singer-songwriter Sammy Hagar and Eddie hug at the Shout Disco in New York in 1985 at the MTV Awards Pre-Party.

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Bertinelli and Van Halen, right, perform in the “Saturday Night Live” skit “Dinner at the Van Halens'” on February 28, 1987.

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Hagar and Van Halen perform on guitars during the closing night of Monsters of Rock Tour 1988, an annual hard rock and heavy metal music festival, in Denver. They closed out the evening at Mile High Stadium to a crowd of nearly 50,000.

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Van Halen accepts the award for Video of the Year for their song “Right Now” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Emmylou Harris, Van Halen and Joni Mitchell pose with their trophies at the 1996 Gibson Guitar Awards at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles.

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Van Halen, left, hugs his son, Wolfgang, after announcing the band’s North American tour in Los Angeles on August 13, 2007.

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Van Halen performs at Sleep Train Amphitheater on September 30, 2015, in Chula Vista, California.

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Comedian George Lopez and Van Halen attend a Los Angeles Lakers game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center on April 2, 2017.

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