"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 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'll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop," Wolfgang wrote earlier on Tuesday.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 following a battle with cancer. Wolfgang is Eddie Van Halen's only son. His mother is television personality Valerie Bertinelli.
He Was Born In 1991
Wolfgang Van Halen was born March 16, 1991, while his father was at the height of his legendary career. Himself named after another legendary musician -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- the younger Van Halen would later tell Guitar World that he didn't know his father was a famous musician until he was in his teens and he began seeing his dad on pictures of CDs.
"I remember once when we got home from a trip and we were at LAX. I was probably only six, and I was half passed out and my mom was holding me. I just remember a bunch of flashing lights because paparazzi were following us. That's the only memory I have that was unusual," he said of his childhood.
His Musician Father Didn't Push Him Into Music
Growing up the son and nephew of rock and roll royalty, Wolfgang was, of course, exposed to his father and uncle Alex's means of making a living. He would oft sit on the studio floor and watch them play, and when Alex was away, he would "bang away" at his drum set.
By his 10th birthday, his dad had given him his first drum set. However, by his teens, he had moved away from the drums and into the electric guitar and later, the bass.
Eventually, he would find himself jamming with his dad and uncle. He said that it was intimidating at first, but he eventually realized that the band's sound, with the teenager handling the bass, was gelling.
At the age of 16, he went on a world tour with his uncle and his father, and would eventually become the band's full-time bassist, replacing Michael Anthony, who had first joined the group all the way back in 1974.
His Career Has Included Work Outside Of Van Halen, Too
Besides working with the band that bears his, his father's, and his uncle's surname, Wolfgang has also worked with two other bands.
In 2012, Wolfgang joined up with former Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti to tour with the latter's eponymous band, Tremonti. He appeared with them for a couple of studio albums in 2015 and 2016.
As reported at the time by Loudwire, Wolfgang teamed up with Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery in 2019 and performed on his solo album that was in the works at the time.