Nine months after his death, the official death certificate obtained by TMZ reveals that the guitar legend died after a cerebrovascular event, or stroke. Pneumonia, myelodysplastic syndrome of blood disorders and lung cancer have also been cited as underlying causes.
On October 6, Van Halen’s son Wolfgang announced that his father had passed away after “a long and arduous battle with cancer”. The certificate also lists a number of other “significant conditions” that contributed to her father’s death, including squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (skin cancer) and atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat). .
Wolfgang recently released Mammoth WVH’s debut single “Distance” as a tribute to his father.
“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I imagined what my life would be like without him and how terribly I would miss him,” young Van Halen said upon the song’s release. “While this song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a deep loss in their own life. ”
He also vowed to forge his own path, rather than riding his father’s pigtails. “There are many more ways to honor my father than just playing ‘Panama’,” he recently tweeted. “Being my own musician I honor my dad a lot more than playing a fucking whore [Van Halen] song. I understand that you all want to hear songs from VH. See you on Spotify, because I’m not a jukebox. ”
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