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Eddie Van Halen’s ashes ‘will be scattered off the coast of Malibu’ after being left to his son

Eddie Van Halen’s ashes ‘will be scattered off the coast of Malibu’ after being left to his son as it’s revealed late guitarist, 65, died of a stroke

  • The rock icon died on October 6; a death certificate obtained Sunday by TMZ shows his cause of death was a stroke following a lengthy battle with cancer 
  • Van Halen, who has been hailed ‘the Mozart of our generation,’ was cremated 22 days after he died at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica 
  • His California hometown of Pasadena has already pledged a memorial to him 
  • Van Halens moved to Pasadena after emigrating from the Netherlands in 1962
  • Eddie was honored last month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s yearly induction ceremony as the guitarist and co-founder of Eighties band Van Halen 

Eddie Van Halen’s ashes will be scattered off the coast of Malibu after being left to his son Wolfgang, according to reports. 

The rock icon died on October 6 aged 65; a death certificate obtained Sunday by TMZ shows his cause of death was a stroke following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. 

Van Halen, who has been hailed ‘the Mozart of our generation,’ was cremated 22 days after he died at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, the website says.

He was honored last month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s yearly induction ceremony as the guitarist and co-founder of the Eighties band Van Halen. 

His Southern California hometown of Pasadena has already pledged to honor with him with a memorial in the city. 

The Van Halen family moved to Pasadena after emigrating to the U.S. from the Netherlands in 1962. The band Van Halen formed about a decade later with singer David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony. They all grew up in the Pasadena area.  

Eddie Van Halen’s ashes will be scattered off the coast of Malibu after being left to his son Wolfgang, according to reports. The father and son are pictured in 2015 

The rock icon died on October 6 aged 65; a death certificate shows his cause of death was a stroke following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. Van Halen was cremated 22 days after he died at Providence St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. Malibu is pictured

The rock icon died on October 6 aged 65; a death certificate shows his cause of death was a stroke following a lengthy battle with throat cancer. Van Halen was cremated 22 days after he died at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. Malibu is pictured 

With his distinct solos, Eddie Van Halen propelled his band to the top of the charts starting in the late 1970s with their self-titled debut album and then with the blockbuster record ‘1984,’ which contains the classics ‘Jump,’ ‘Panama’ and ‘Hot for Teacher.’

Van Halen is among the top 20 best-selling artists of all time, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Rolling Stone magazine put Eddie Van Halen at No. 8 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists. 

Following his father’s death Wolfgang tweeted: ‘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.’ 

He added: ‘He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift….My heart is broken and I don’t think I will ever fully recover from this loss.’  

Veteran rocker Eddie was diagnosed with cancer nearly 20 years ago and had been traveling between the United States and Germany for treatment.  

He struggled with alcohol and cocaine abuse after starting smoking at the age of 12. 

He went to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, declaring himself sober in 2008. 

Eddie had a third of his tongue removed in 2000 and had reportedly been declared cancer free in 2002 but had been to Germany to get radiation treatment over the last five years. 

In November he had intestinal issues, and he had undergone chemotherapy in recent months.  

Van Halen (left to right) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The band is pictured in 1978

Van Halen (left to right) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The band is pictured in 1978

The band last performed in October 2015 at at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl

 The band last performed in October 2015 at at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl

He had son Wolfgang with One Day At A Time star Valerie Bertinelli. 

The couple married in a 1981 and separated in 2001. His son became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006. 

Eddie married stuntwoman-turned-publicist Janie Liszewski in 2009.

His friend and TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather said last year that ‘health issues’ were stopping the group from touring.

The band last performed in October 2015 at at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl.

Flowers and candles placed at the name Van Halen, etched in concrete at the corner of Allen and Villa done by the two brothers Eddie and Alex when they were in their young years in Pasadena

Flowers and candles placed at the name Van Halen, etched in concrete at the corner of Allen and Villa done by the two brothers Eddie and Alex when they were in their young years in Pasadena

 

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