Eddie Van Halen, hard rock guitarist and one of the founding members for the band, ‘Van Halen,’ has died Tuesday afternoon at the age of 65 after a long battle of cancer.
Known for riveting riffs, runs and solos during his time with the band, Eddie was one of the guitarists that set the cornerstone for hard rock music in the late 1970s through the 1990s.
His main solos Eddie was known for was in the band’s songs, including ‘Eruption,’ ‘Panama’ and ‘Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love.’
His music style has provided influence towards future guitarists in history including current guitar ace Joe Satriani, who provided a statement of Van Halen’s behalf to Billboard magazine back in 2015.
“Eddie put the smile back in rock guitar at a time when it was all getting a bit broody,” Joe Satriani told Billboard via the New York Times. “He also scared the hell out of a million guitarists, because he was so damn good.”
Eddie is survived by his wife, Janie LiszewskI, son, Wolfgang, brother and the band’s drummer, Alex, current/old band mates Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, and Sammy Hagar, and numerous fans and musicians who has appreciated his work and career over the years.