Tributes poured in for Eddie Van Halen Tuesday following the rock star’s death at 65 from cancer.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang, 29, confirmed his father’s death as he took to social media with the emotional announcement.
‘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 said.
‘He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift.
The latest: Tributes poured in for Eddie Van Halen Tuesday following the rock star’s death at 65 from cancer. The rocker was snapped onstage in 2015 in NYC
‘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’s Sammy Hagar said he was ‘heartbroken and speechless,’ adding, ‘My love to the family,’ while his predecessor in the band, David Lee Roth, reminisced on his time performing alongside the musical legend, writing, ‘What a Long Great Trip It’s Been.’
A tweet from Aerosmith’s account read ‘Rest In Peace,’ with a shot of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with Van Halen.
Ozzy Osbourne said that the late rocker’s ‘influence on musical and especially the guitar has been immeasurable’, while Kiss alums Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley paid tribute to Van Halen.
Sad news: Eddie’s son Wolfgang, 29, confirmed his father’s death as he took to social media with the emotional announcement
Bandmates: Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar said he was ‘heartbroken and speechless’
Legend: Van Halen’s fellow rock icon Ozzy Osbourne said that the late rocker’s ‘influence on musical and especially the guitar has been immeasurable’
A look back: David Lee Roth reminisced on his time performing alongside the musical legend
Tributes: Kind words poured in from a number of prominent celebs across show business
A tweet from Aerosmith’s account read ‘Rest In Peace,’ with a shot of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with Van Halen
Respect: Musical stalwarts such as Tommy Lee, Lenny Kravitz and Billy Idol paid memorial to the rock staple
‘My heart is broken,’ Simmons said. ‘Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!’
Stanley said, ‘Oh NO! Speechless. A trailblazer and someone who always gave everything to his music. A good soul. I remember first seeing him playing at the Starwood in 1976 and he WAS Eddie Van Halen. So shocked and sad. My condolences to Wolfie and the family.’
Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee also paid tribute to the famed guitarist. Lee wrote, ‘RIP to my friend and man who changed guitar playing forever …F***!!! no words,’ while Sixx called him the ‘Mozart of rock guitar.’
Eddie’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli used broken-heart emojis to express her grief and later left a detailed memorial
Admiration: A number of Van Halen’s musical peers weighed in on the sad news
Sixx said he was ‘so f***ing crushed,’ adding, You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe rockstar.’
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 lovely guy who will be missed terribly. Sending love to Janie, Wolf, Alex & all those who loved him.’
Lenny Kravitz called Van Halen a ‘legendary guitar and musical innovator,’ adding that ‘heaven will be electric tonight.’
Poison frontman Bret Michaels said that ‘this goes beyond the passing of a great guitarist, but rather is a tremendous loss of a great man who truly helped to change my life and path with his guitar and sound.
‘He helped forge the way for myself and many and will be deeply missed. Rest in peace, Eddie.’
Oscar-winner Viola Davis wrote: ‘RIP Eddie Van Halen….legend…you influenced an entire generation with your amazing talent. Rest well’
Actor Ron Perlman weaved politics into his memorial amid the tumultuous time
Memories: Sarah Jessica Parker looked back on her fond recollections regarding Van Halen
Cultural impact: Darren Criss pointed out the huge impact Van Halen made in music
Mourning: A-list actor Robert Downey Jr. said he had ‘no words’ after Van Halen’s death
Spiritual: Actor Mark Hamill paid his respects to Van Halen’s family on the sad day
Actor Darren Criss said that ‘the name Eddie Van Halen has always been synonymous with insane ability.’
He added: ‘No matter what kind of style you play, no one can deny his colossal influence. To have a sound not only uniquely signature to the artist, but of an entire era.’
A number of fellow bands, including Metallica, Weezer and Ratt, chimed in with kind words for the late guitar ace.
Metallica said: ‘We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen. We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, @wolfvanhalen & everyone in the greater VH family.’
Ratt called Van Halen ‘a true legend’ and ‘one of the greatest musicians ever in rock’ who ‘left an indelible mark’ on his craft.
Tribute: Ratt called Van Halen ‘a true legend’ and ‘one of the greatest musicians ever in rock’ who ‘left an indelible mark’ on his craft
A number of fellow bands, including Metallica, Duran Duran, Dio, Nickelback and Weezer, chimed in with kind words for the late guitar ace
Weezer members said: ‘We’re saddened to hear of Eddie Van Halen’s untimely passing today. Given the news today, we want to dedicate our album Van Weezer to Eddie as a thank you for all the incredible music that soundtracked our youth and inspired the record. RIP EVH.’
Oscar-winner Viola Davis wrote: ‘RIP Eddie Van Halen….legend…you influenced an entire generation with your amazing talent. Rest well.’
Actor Ron Perlman weaved politics into his memorial, writing, ‘I think there’s two things most sane people can agree on: 1. the world’s going to be a sadder place without Eddie Van Halen’s brilliant guitar playing and 2. Donald Trump is a deranged motherf***er who needs to have the keys to this country taken away.’
Mourner Daniel Gaither laid a bouquet of flowers below a banner featuring distinguished Pasadena City College alumnus Eddie Van Halen
Vivid: Fans decorated Eddie’s handprints at Hollywood Guitar Center
A bandanna autographed by late rock legend Eddie Van Halen was placed on the Hollywood Rock Walk
Epicenter: An Eddie Van Halen memorial tribute and handprints were seen at Hollywood Guitar Center
Other locations nationwide paid tribute to the late guitar legend