On Tuesday, the late guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen would have turned 66, and his son Wolf shared a heartfelt birthday message for his father.
Wolf Van Halen posted an old home video of the father and son playing around in their driveway. The video is time-stamped Sep. 9, 1994 so Wolf would’ve been only three years old. The video shows his dad playing tug of war with their family dog. Their Dalmatian named Sherman tugs at the object while Wolf pulls on the back of Eddie’s shirt and laughs.
Then, Wolf amusingly grabs the back of his dad’s shirt with his teeth before Eddie pulls his shirt over his son’s head. The Van Halen guitarist bends over so that Wolf’s little head pops out of his shirt opening. Next, Eddie has Wolf stand on his feet as they hilariously walk together in unison. You could tell from the short clip that the two loved spending time together.
On his father’s 66th birthday, Wolf said he wished he could give Eddie a huge hug and celebrate with him. He’s still understandably struggling with the loss of his father, and said he misses Eddie “so much it hurts.” He openly admitted how tough the last few months have been without his dad in his heartbreaking message.
As Van Halen fans around the world mourn the guitarist on his first birthday since his passing, Wolf simply mourns the man he knew as his father.
Eddie Van Halen and Wolf’s Special Relationship
A source close to Eddie Van Halen spoke to People following the guitarist’s death about he and his son’s relationship.
“He and Wolfie were incredibly close,” the source said. “It’s a huge loss to his son in particular because they were so tight.”
In fact, the duo wasn’t just close as a family, but as band members as well. Wolf started playing with his dad’s famous band at the age of 15. In 2007, Van Halen made an announcement in a press release that Wolf had officially become their bass player. The father and son would go on to tour the world together, playing shows and the music they loved.
Wolf has continued to share multiple intimate photos and videos since Eddie’s death. Each time he’s shared with his social media followers, it’s evident how close the two family members were.
Wolf’s mom, Valerie Bertinelli, has also shared some throwback photos of herself with her late ex-husband online.
“40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you,” she wrote in a post. “You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang.”
“Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin,” Bertinelli said. “I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”