Thursday, October 7, 2021

Wolfgang Van Halen shares tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen shared a personal tribute yesterday to his late father, Eddie Van Halen, on the first anniversary of his passing.

The iconic guitarist died last October 7 in a Santa Monica, CA hospital at the age of 65 from a stroke following a lengthy battle with cancer.

“One year. You fought so hard for so long, but you were still taken away. It's just so unfair,” posted Wolfgang on social media. “I'm not ok. I don't think I'll ever be ok. There's so much I wish I could show you. So many things I wish I could share with you. I wish I could laugh with you again. I wish I could hug you again. I miss you so much it hurts.

“I'm trying to do my best here without you, but it's really f***ing hard. I hope you're still proud. I love you with all of my heart, Pop. Watch over me.”

Just two days earlier, Wolfgang – who joined the Van Halen lineup on bass in 2007 and was on board for three tours and the 2012 album, “A Different Kind Of Truth”, before a final North American trek in 2015 – recalled the anniversary of the band’s final performance in an October 4 post.

“6 years ago tonight, Van Halen played the Hollywood Bowl,” wrote the rocker, who is now fronting his own project, Mammoth WVH. "It was the last show we ever did, and it was the last show I ever played with my Dad. I’ll never forget it."

Van Halen have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide – including 56 million in the US - and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

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