Monday, June 17, 2024

Shocker: Rocker Eddie van Halen Dies at 65 from Throat and Brain Cancer, Son Writes: “I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss”


Eddie van Halen has died from throat and brain cancer at age 65. Could things be any worse?

Such a lovely guy. I spent a great day with Eddie and then wife Valerie Bertinelli at their home 30 years ago. Eddie showed me his Tannoy speakers (he was very proud of them), we discussed home systems, and all the music we mutually loved.,

A few years ago I had the extraordinary experience of being front and center for a Van Halen concert at the tiniest possible club in Greenwich Village. They blew my ears out. There was never so much fun.

Eddie was the most sterling rock guitarist, blistering. All those Van Halen hits and records and album cuts that you cannot stop bouncing your head to, with those riffs rippling through them. This is just terrible news.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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