Eddie Van Halen’s Widow Pens Heart-Wrenching Tribute on First Anniversary of His Death

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Eddie Van Halen died a year ago today. His widow, Janie, is still heartbroken as she struggles with the loss of her husband.

She honored his memory with an emotional post she shared on Instagram. The photo showed her shoes and Eddie’s. They’d propped them up to relax in the undated photo. Kody, the couple’s Pomeranian, was with them, too.

Janie wrote to Eddie Van Halen: “I think about you every single day. Your smile, your laugh, your kindness – in every single way. I miss this, I miss us, I miss you, and I try my best to carry on the way you would want me to.
“But my Peep,” she said, “some days, that’s really hard to do. This will never get easier because there really is no getting over you. The only solace that I can seem to find is knowing you are with god and truly free.
And she finished with “Until our souls find each other again, please keep an eye on me. I love you and miss you so much. Love, Your PooPee and our Kody too.”

Janie Married Eddie Van Halen in 2009

Eddie Van Halen married Janie in 2009. She was his second wife. Eddie also was married to actress Valerie Bertinelli. The two had one son, Wolfgang, who is a musician just like his dad. Eddie died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2020. Janie, Wolfgang and Eddie’s brother, Alex were by Van Halen’s side when he passed away. The legendary guitarist had battled cancer since 2000.

A few months ago, Janie Van Halen said she was dealing with Eddie’s death as best she can. It’s been a painful couple of years. Her brother died months before her husband. Her mother passed away last November.

“I have okay days,” she told NewsRadio 840 WHAS. “I have sad, bad days. But you just have to kind of keep moving. And the things that I post [on social media] as inspiration for other people, I actually post for myself as well to kind of keep going, keep moving forward.

“My dance partner also had two losses almost at the same time — his dad, and then his sister’s boyfriend. So we kind of support each other in our loss and our grief. And it helps — it definitely helps. And then, obviously, my family members and friends — close friends. I do the best I can. It’s not so easy, though.”

On this one-year anniversary, Wolf Van Halen also admitted that he still struggles with the loss of his dad.

“I’m not ok,” he wrote. “I don’t think I’ll ever be ok. There’s so much I wish I could show you. So many things I wish I could share with you. I wish I could laugh with you again. … wish I could hug you again. I miss you so much it hurts,” Wolf also shared.

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