Eddie Van Halen breathed his last breath on October 6, 2020, and it certainly saddened the music world. His ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli recently opened up about the legendary guitarist’s death. It was also noted that Myles Kennedy freaked out about Eddie Van Halen.
Valerie Bertinelli reveals Eddie Van Halen’s last words
In her new book, “Enough Already: Learning To Love The Way I Am Today”, which will be released on January 18, she revealed that she and their son, Wolfgang, were both present at the time of Eddie’s passing after a years-long battle with cancer in October 2020. They were joined by other family members, including Eddie’s second wife, Janie Liszewski, and his brother, Alex Van Halen.
People magazine has published an excerpt from the book in which Valerie recalled saying to Eddie just days before his death as they cried together: “Maybe next time, right? Maybe next time we’ll get it right.”
Eddie’s death came in “slow motion,” according to Valerie, who said she got a call from Wolfgang that morning telling her “that Ed’s breathing has changed and that I have to get to the hospital ASAP.”
“‘I love you’ are the last words Ed says to Wolfie and me, and they are the last words we say to him before he stops breathing,” she wrote. She further noted that after 20 minutes of silence, instead of crying, they started sharing stories about the iconic musician and began laughing. “Suddenly, all of us are cracking up,” she wrote. “We laugh — and it is so much better than crying.”
Bertinelli split with Van Halen in 2002 after 21 years of marriage. They officially divorced in 2007. Eddie then went on to marry Liszewski in 2009, while Valerie also remarried, tying the knot with Tom Vitale in 2011. Valerie had said that both marriages were struggling before Eddie’s death. She eventually filed for separation from Vitale in November 2021.
Eddie Van Halen had been planning a Van Halen tour with his brother Alex, David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar with his son Wolfgang opening prior to his death.