Wolfgang Van Halen, son of late rock guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, reportedly has received his father’s ashes.
Eddie Van Halen, who set the music world on fire with his electrifying guitar solos and work with his band Van Halen, died on Oct. 6 after battling throat cancer and other ailments.
One of Eddie’s last wishes, according to TMZ, was to have his ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean off of his home in Malibu, Calif. There is no specific indication that his son has set a time to do this.
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His ongoing battle with cancer for more than a decade didn’t keep him from creating music. Wolfgang, upon his father’s death, shared a tender moment through a social media post. It was Wolfgang who announced the news to the world about Eddie’s death.
In 1972, Eddie formed the classic rock group with his brother, Alex, on drums. The band was rounded out with Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth as the lead singer.
Sammy Hagar, who took over as Van Halen’s lead singer, didn’t always have a great relationship with Eddie but shared these words on Twitter.
Another immortal rock music legend, Ozzy Osbourne, sent his love to the family after hearing of Eddie’s death.
Country music singer-songwriter Tim McGraw remembered back to being younger and listening to Van Halen hits.
“I can’t even begin to describe the times in my life where Van Halen music was the soundtrack!!!!” wrote McGraw on a social media post. “High school, College spring breaks ( will not share those stories…) Just great rock music that became a touchstone for the times we grew up in…….”
“I mean come on!” he continued. “That flat out rocked and spoke to us our time….I think I’ll kick back tonight, put on some Van Halen music…and remember.”
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Another country music star, Keith Urban, also was moved to write about how much Eddie Van Halen and his music mean to him.
“There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators,” Urban wrote. “Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet, and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more. Even without the finger tapping, you had a player with extraordinary touch, tone, and a rhythmic pocket and bounce that floated like Ali in the ring.
“He was a master of complex solos that spoke to nonmusicians… THAT IS HARD TO DO. The reason was the exquisite melody in his heart and the joy in his soul of playing FOR people – and it came through like a ray of sun we ALL felt. I say a prayer today for his family and friends. – and from players like me, all over the world who never got to meet him, I say THANK YOU EDDIE. WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!”