The death of Eddie Van Halen has shocked the music world. The Van Halen co-founder and guitarist passed away on Tuesday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife Janie, his son Wolfgang, and his brother and bandmate Alex were at his bedside, as previously reported by The Inquisitr. Van Halen was 65.
Fans and fellow musicians flooded social media with tributes to the legendary rocker following his death, including his former band mate Sammy Hagar, who replaced original lead singer David Lee Roth in 1985. Hagar shared a photo with him and Eddie on Twitter, revealing that he was at a loss for words over his passing.
Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family. pic.twitter.com/MQMueMF2XO
— Sammy Hagar (@sammyhagar) October 6, 2020
Other rockers also reacted to the death of the music legend with photos and memories of their time with him.
“My heart is broken,” wrote KISS bassist Gene Simmons on Twitter. “Eddie was not only a Guitar God, but a genuinely beautiful soul. Rest in peace, Eddie!”
“Oh man, bless his beautiful creative heart. I love you Eddie Van Halen, an LA boy, a true rocker. I hope you jam with Jimi tonight. Break through to the other side my brother,” tweeted Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Singer Cat Stevens also paid tribute on Twitter with a black-and-white photo of the late guitarist. Stevens described the Van Halen co-founder as a “guitar innovator with a fierce spirit of musical and technical exploration.”
Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton posted a tweet to say he couldn’t believe Van Halen was gone and that he was born to be great. The Aerosmith rocker added that here’s a huge band somewhere in Heaven and “I think I know who’s playing lead.”
In addition, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx wrote he is “crushed” over the sad news.
“RIP Eddie Van Halen,” he tweeted. “You changed our world. You were the Mozart of rock guitar. Travel safe rockstar.”
Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi also shared a photo as he posed with his late friend in happier times. The legendary rocker remembered Van Halen as “special” and kind-hearted.
I’m just devastated to hear the news of the passing of my dear friend Eddie Van Halen. He fought a long and hard battle with his cancer right to the very end. Eddie was one of a very special kind of person, a really great friend. Rest In Peace my dear friend till we meet again. pic.twitter.com/Qs8tsLPANJ
— Tony Iommi (@tonyiommi) October 6, 2020
Van Halen’s friendships in the music world extended outside of the rock category. Country singer Kenny Chesney also shared a series of pics on Twitter as he reminisced about his bond with the late guitarist. Chesney recalled sharing the stage with the famous brothers at a stadium show in Los Angeles.
Keith Urban also tweeted that the loss of Van Halen has hit him “hard” as he described him as an “innovator.”