The legendary musician suffered from throat cancer; he died at a hospital, surrounded by his family and friends. Eddie struggled with the disease, performing and rehearsing with his son who joined Van Halen as a bass player in 2006.
Van Halen was born in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands in 1953. His family moved to the U.S. in 1962. Eddie and his brother Alex formed a band in 1972. Two years later, the band changed its name to Van Halen and, at the same time, became a staple of the Los Angeles music scene.
The musician engaged in several projects outside of his eponymous band, including solo work and partnerships with his brother on film soundtracks - as well as successful cooperation with other great musicians and bands, including Michael Jackson, Brian May (Queen), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Black Sabbath and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd).
Van Halen charted 13 number-one hits in the history of Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart; VH1 ranked the band seventh on a list of the top 100 hard rock artists of all time and, in 2007, Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.