As the world continues to mourn in absolute shock over the death of Eddie Van Halen, Gene Simmons has taken to twitter to speak for the rock legend’s “beautiful soul.”
Eddie Van Halen dead at 65 from throat cancer
Musicians and fans of rock music the world over are mourning the unexpected passing of legend Eddie Van Halen today. Van Halen, co-founder of band Van Halen, was 65. The Guitar God fought a long battle with throat cancer that tragically ended this Tuesday.
Fans may know, however, that Van Halen had been battling cancer for over a decade.
Last year, TMZ reported that “Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.”
We’re told in the last 72 hours, Eddie’s ongoing health battle went massively downhill — doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.
As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he’s been in and out of the hospital over the past year — including last November for intestinal issues — and recently underwent a round of chemo.TMZ
Gene Simmons mourns the loss of a “beautiful soul”
Fans and famous friends across the planet are reaching out to mourn Van Halen. The tributes, each more touching than the last, stand as a monument to a man who changed so many lives with his own.
One such famous friend, fellow legend Gene Simmons, has the following to say on the loss of his friend:
“My heart is broken. Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!”Gene Simmons
Later, he added a selfie video speaking on Eddie Van Halen’s death.
Sammy Hagar mourns Van Halen bandmate, Eddie
Former Van Halen band mate, Sammy Hagar, is hit hard by the loss, too. “Heartbroken and speechless,” he tweets. “My love to the family.”
Fellow KISS alumn Paul Stanley tributes, too
Another KISS alumn and rock legend, Paul Stanley, calls Van Halen “a trailblazer and someone who always gave everything to his music.” Stanley goes on to mourn his friend as “A good soul. I remember first seeing him playing at the Starwood in 1976 and WAS Eddie Van Halen…. My condolences to Wolfie and the family.”
Wolfgang Van Halen’s heartbreaking post for his father
Wolfie, of course, refers to Eddie’s son. The two were extremely close, and if any post will hit you hard after Van Halen’s death – it is the one from his son. More than just a great son to his father, Wolfgang became the band’s bassist in 2006. The father-son duo played countless shows together. “I love you so much, Pop,” he ends his tribute with on Instagram:
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi speaks out
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is at a loss, too. Speaking for his “dear friend” as a “one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest in peace my dear friend till we meet again.”
Rolling Stone, too, is making sure the legend receives his due. With a headline like “Why Eddie Van Halen was one of the greatest guitarists of all time” – his legacy is sure to live on.
Whether you’re a fan of classic rock or not, Eddie Van Halen’s contributions to the genre – and music as a whole -are endless. The stars will shine a bit brighter this week as this legend joins fellow Rock Gods that passed before him.
Rest in Peace, Eddie.