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Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen (1993).jpg
Eddie Van Halen at the 1993 Emmy Awards
Background information
Birth nameEdward Lodewijk Van Halen
BornJanuary 26, 1955(1955-01-26)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
DiedOctober 6, 2020(2020-10-06) (aged 65)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
GenresRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards
Years active1974–2020
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated actsVan Halen

Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen (January 26, 1955 – October 6, 2020) was a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer.

Van Halen was born in Amsterdam. He moved to Nijmegen and in 1962 to Pasadena, California. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

He was the guitarist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen. He is listed as number 70 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time" issue. In 2007, Eddie Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van Halen died from throat cancer at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65 surrounded by his wife, Janie; son and Van Halen bassist, Wolfgang; ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli; and brother, Alex; co-founder and drummer of Van Halen.[1][2][3] Some of Van Halen's childhood landmarks in Pasadena became memorials where fans could pay their respects.[4]