Tributes poured in for Eddie Van Halen on Tuesday after the rock star died at 65 from cancer.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang, 29, confirmed his father’s death as he took to social media with the moving announcement.
“I can’t believe I have to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,” Wolfgang said.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment that I shared with him on and off stage was a gift.
The latest: Tributes poured in for Eddie Van Halen on Tuesday after the rock star died at 65 from cancer. The rocker was snapped on stage in 2015 in New York
“My heart is broken and I don’t think I will ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.
Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar said he was “heartbroken and speechless”, adding: “My love for family”.
A tweet from the Aerosmith account read “Rest In Peace,” along with a photo of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with Van Halen.
Ozzy Osbourne said that “the rocker’s influence on music and in particular the guitar has been immeasurable,” while Kiss alumni Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley paid homage to Van Halen.
Sad news: Eddie’s son Wolfgang, 29, confirmed his father’s death as he took to social media with the moving announcement
Bandmates: Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar said he was ‘heartbroken and speechless’
Caption: Ozzy Osbourne, another Van Halen rock icon, said that “the rocker’s influence on music and in particular the guitar has been immeasurable”
Tributes: The kind words of a number of show business celebrities
A tweet from the Aerosmith account read “Rest In Peace”, with a photo of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with Van Halen
Respect: Musical mainstays such as Tommy Lee, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Idol have paid tribute to the rock staple
“My heart is broken,” Simmons said. “Eddie was not just a guitar god, but a truly beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!
Stanley said, “Oh NO! Mute. A pioneer and someone who has always given everything to his music. A good soul. I remember seeing him for the first time playing at Starwood in 1976 and he was Eddie Van Halen. So shocked and sad. My condolences to Wolfie and his family.
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee also paid tribute to the famous guitarist. Lee wrote: ‘RIP to my friend and man who changed the guitar forever… F *** !!! no words ”, when Sixx called him the“ Mozart of the rock guitar ”.
Eddie’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli used heartbroken emojis to express grief
Memories: Sarah Jessica Parker reconsidered her good memories about Van Halen
Spiritual: actor Mark Hamill paid tribute to Van Halen’s family on sad day
Sixx said he was “so crushed”, adding: You have changed our world. You were the Mozart of the rock guitar. Travel Rockstar Safe.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel said, “Two of the best hours of my life were spent chatting with Eddie Van Halen.
“A great musician, yes – also a funny and lovable guy who will be sorely missed. Sending love to Janie, Wolf, Alex and everyone who loved him.
Admiration: A number of Van Halen’s musical peers weighed in on the sad news
Lenny Kravitz called Van Halen a “legendary guitarist and musical innovator”, adding that “heaven will be electric tonight”.
Poison frontman Bret Michaels said that “it goes beyond the passing of a great guitarist, but rather a huge loss of a great man who has really helped change my life and my path with it. his guitar and his sound.
“He helped lead the way for me and for many and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Eddie.
Actor Darren Criss said that “Eddie Van Halen’s name has always been synonymous with insane ability.”
He added: “No matter what style you play, no one can deny its colossal influence. To have a sound not only a signature unique to the artist, but from a whole era.
Cultural impact: Darren Criss highlighted Van Halen’s huge impact on music
Mourning: Leading actor Robert Downey Jr. says he has ‘no words’ after Van Halen’s death
Vivid: Fans decorated Eddie’s handprints at the Hollywood Guitar Center
A bandana autographed by rock legend Eddie Van Halen on the Hollywood Rock Walk
Tribute to the memory of Eddie Van Halen and handprints at the Hollywood Guitar Center