Rocker Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65
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LOS ANGELES—Eddie Van Halen, considered one of rock music’s greatest guitar players and a founding member of the hugely successful rock band named after him and his drummer brother, died of cancer on Tuesday, his son said on Twitter. He was 65.

“I can’t believe I’m having to write this but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolfgang Van Halen, a bass player who played with his father in the band, said on Twitter.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for,” he added. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.”

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Guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs during a private Van Halen show to announce the band’s upcoming tour at Cafe Wha? in New York January 5, 2012. (Lucas Jackson/reuters)

Eddie and his brother Alex founded Van Halen in the early 1970s in Los Angeles and the hard rock band became a staple of the famed Sunset Strip before releasing their eponymous debut album in 1978.

The album shot to number 19 on the Billboard charts, becoming one of the most successful debuts of the decade.

By Dan Whitcomb