Eddie Van Halen

Dutch-American rock guitarist (1955–2020)

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-born American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer. He is most famous as the guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is listed as number 70 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" issue.

Eddie Van Halen
Van Halen performing in the late 1970s with his Frankenstrat.
Edward Lodewijk van Halen

(1955-01-26)January 26, 1955
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedOctober 6, 2020(2020-10-06) (aged 65)
  • American
  • Dutch
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1964–2020
  • (m. 1981; div. 2007)
  • Janie Liszewski
    (m. 2009)
ChildrenWolfgang Van Halen
RelativesAlex Van Halen (brother)
Musical career
OriginPasadena, California, U.S.
  • Guitar
  • keyboards

In 2007 Eddie Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van Halen died from a stroke caused by throat cancer at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65 surrounded by his wife, Janie; son and Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang; ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli; and brother, Alex; co-founder and drummer of Van Halen.[1][2][3] Some of Van Halen's childhood landmarks in Pasadena became memorials where fans could pay their respects.[4]


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  2. Farber, Jim (October 6, 2020). "Eddie Van Halen, Virtuoso of the Rock Guitar, Dies at 65". The New York Times.
  3. Price, Steve (October 6, 2020). "San Diegans react to death of rock icon Eddie Van Halen". cbs8.com.
  4. Bermont, Bradley (October 8, 2020). "Photos: Eddie Van Halen's childhood landmarks have become memorials for Pasadena's guitar god". Pasadena Star News. Retrieved October 13, 2020.