Rock legend Eddie Van Halen has died after long battle with throat cancer

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs on stage at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on September 30, 2015 in Chula Vista, California.

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Eddie Van Halen, guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, has died after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65.

Van Halen’s son Wolfgang confirmed the musician’s death on social media. 

“He was the best father I could ever ask for,” he wrote in a post. “Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

Van Halen had been battling cancer for over a decade, which had reportedly spread to his brain.

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