- Jul 27, 2015
Kiss singer Gene Simmons remembered him as a "Guitar God", while other stars likened him to a modern-day Mozart. Van Halen's long-time frontman David Lee Roth posted a photo of himself beside his former bandmate, writing: "What a long, great trip it's been." The Dutch-American musician had been receiving treatment for throat cancer.
His band were best known for their song Jump, which hit the top of the US charts in 1984. His son Wolfgang paid tribute to him on social media, saying he was the best father he could ever ask for. "Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift," wrote Wolfgang, who became Van Halen's bassist in 2006. "My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop."
Eddie Van Halen: Tributes paid to rock guitarist following death at 65
The co-founder of Van Halen is remembered as a "Guitar God" following his death from cancer aged 65.