Their most successful single - Jump - reached number 7 in the United Kingdom charts in February 1984, while the band has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.
TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources "connected to" Van Halen, that the rock legend was with wife Janie Liszewski, son Wolfgang, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli and brother Alex Van Halen when he passed away at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.
"As she left she says 'By the way, Eddie Van Halen rang for you, '" Barnes continued, adding: "So I call him back and he asks me to come over to his house because he wanted to ask me something. My heart is broken and I don't think I'll even recover from this loss". "I love you so much, Pop".
Eddie was diagnosed with the disease 20 years ago, and famously had a portion of his tongue removed to get rid of the cancer.
Eddie Van Halen, the pioneering guitar player whose hard-rocking band emerged from the Sunset Strip music scene in Los Angeles in the early 1970s to stand at the top of rock "n" roll for a decade, died of cancer on Tuesday.
Representatives for Eddie Van Halen did not disclose details of his death. Van Halen were a tremendous influence on both Vinnie & Dime & Pantera.
They were members of rival high school bands and then attended Pasadena City College together. Among the hits Eddie Van Halen co-wrote during Hagar's tenure with the band are "When It's Love", "Why Can't This Be Love", and "Finish What Ya Started".
"But underneath that, Eddie has soul". It was exciting and that's what was. sorry I'm getting quite caught up here. man's best friend is a dog but clearly Eddie's best relationship with a guitar'. "1955-2020. Heaven will be electric tonight".
Eddie Van Halen was known to have health problems that would interfere with his work for years. Given the news today, we want to dedicate our album Van Weezer to Eddie as a thank you for all the incredible music that soundtracked our youth and inspired the record.
"A true gent and true genius", he wrote on Twitter.
Gene said on the programme: "And Eddie was all smiles, that's the saddest... sorry, I'm getting caught up here".
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