Eddie Van Halen, the founder of rock band Van Halen, has died according to his son, Wolfgang.
Posting on Twitter, Wolf said his father died from the cancer he’d been diagnosed with over a decade ago.
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.
Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stonemagazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists.
Eddie Van Halen was something of a musical contradiction.