DEAD: Eddie Van Halen (aged 65)
Dutch-American rock musician
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor. He was the main songwriter and founder—with brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth—of the American rock band Van Halen. In 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
DEATH: In 2019, it was revealed that Van Halen had been secretly battling throat cancer over the previous five years. His family officially announced his death on October 6, 2020, due to throat (head and neck) cancer.