Eddie Van Halen died on Tuesday at the age of 65 after battling throat cancer for years. He last performed live in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl. Van Halen tweeted from time to time in his final years, and the final photo he posted of himself was on his 65th birthday on January 26, 2020.
He tweeted, “Is Today My Birthday? Groovy Man!Victory hand #Aquarius #birthday #hippie #filter #music.”
Eddie was with his wife Janie, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and son Wolfgang at the time of his death. Bertinelli said, “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you,” the actress wrote, also sharing an old family photo. “You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang.”
“Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”
Van Halen’s cancer reportedly spread to his brain before his death, with the final three days seeing a rapid decline in his health. Sammy Hagar said about Van Halen’s death, “Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.” David Lee Roth posted a photo with Eddie, writing, “What A Long Great Trip It’s Been…”
— Eddie Van Halen (@eddievanhalen) January 26, 2020