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Eddie Van Halen & Johnny Nash Dead at 65 & 80

Postby bluefete » October 6th, 2020, 4:33 pm

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Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie's brother and drummer.

We're told in the last 72 hours, Eddie's ongoing health battle went massively downhill -- doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he's been in and out of the hospital over the past year -- including last November for intestinal issues -- and recently underwent a round of chemo.

Last year we reported ... Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.


Nevertheless, he continued to attend concerts and rehearse music with his son, Wolfgang, who -- if ya don't know -- became Van Halen's bassist in 2006.

Wolfgang mourned his father online, writing ... "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." He added, "I love you so much, Pop."


Of course, Eddie himself was considered one of the best and most influential guitarists of all time ... who first made a name for himself with his solo on Van Halen's "Eruption."

Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth singing. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 ... which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.


They went on to pump out hit after hit, including "Runnin' with the Devil," "Unchained," "Hot for Teacher," "Panama" and "Jump" ... and continued their success with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after the departure of Roth in 1985.

While the band had already achieved hard rock superstardom, Eddie became a pop culture icon with the 1983 release of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" ... which featured Eddie's iconic guitar solo.


Though some members of Van Halen have changed, Eddie and Alex were the constants in the band ... with Eddie's acclaimed guitar work being the focal point of their legacy.

Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

He is survived by his wife, Janie, and his son.

Eddie was 65.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby maj. tom » October 6th, 2020, 4:34 pm

:shock: :crying:

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby bluefete » October 6th, 2020, 4:37 pm

His guitar solo on Beat It was NEVER ever replicated again. That was truly a one -off.



Van Halen - Jump (Only #1 Hit on Billboard Singles)


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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby meccalli » October 6th, 2020, 4:43 pm

Year just keeps on giving. The way he wrote his solos were first of it's kind, he'd play multiple takes, and they'd record multiple playbacks where they'd cut in and cut out different takes on the mixer till they found something that sounded great, then he'd learn that version they settled on. You hear that in those 2 solos posted in particular from jump and beat it.
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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby De Dragon » October 6th, 2020, 5:15 pm

RIP Eddie van Halen.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby Rovin » October 6th, 2020, 6:08 pm

another legend from that metal era gone ..... R.I.P .......... :(

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby Les Bain » October 6th, 2020, 6:42 pm

Guy had an ever present smile as if every problem he had disappeared once he had a guitar in his hand.
What a shock. RIP.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby aaron17 » October 6th, 2020, 7:31 pm

Rip....Panama!

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Re: Eddie Van Halen Dies at 65

Postby PariaMan » October 6th, 2020, 7:50 pm

Saw them live at the molson amphitheatre in 1995 what a performance

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Re: Eddie Van Halen & Johnny Nash Dead at 65 & 80

Postby bluefete » October 6th, 2020, 8:24 pm

JOHNNY NASH
'I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW' SINGER DEAD AT 80

10/6/2020 4:46 PM PT

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Johnny Nash, the guy who sang the incredibly happy and infectious 1970s #1 hit, "I Can See Clearly Now," has died.

The singer's son tells TMZ ... Johnny was at home Tuesday when he passed away of natural causes. No word on cause of death yet.

Johnny was born in Houston and made his debut as a major label artist in 1957 with the single, "A Teenager Sings the Blues." However, it was his reggae-tinged hit that topped the charts in November of 1972, and stayed there for 4 weeks.

Nash sold more than 1 million copies of the single, and it made him an international star, especially in Jamaica ... where he became one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae on the island.

While he might go down in music history as a one-hit wonder, what a smash. "I Can See Clearly Now" has been covered numerous times after Johnny. A couple of those covers even reached the top 20 -- the most recent one being Jimmy Cliff's 1993 version for the "Cool Runnings" soundtrack.

His son, John Nash III, tells us, "He was a wonderful father and family man. He loved people and the world. He will be missed within his community. Family was his everything."

Johnny was 80.

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Re: Eddie Van Halen & Johnny Nash Dead at 65 & 80

Postby Rovin » October 6th, 2020, 8:29 pm

i wud think that everybody knows that classic song .... R.I.P

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Re: Eddie Van Halen & Johnny Nash Dead at 65 & 80

Postby shogun » October 6th, 2020, 9:44 pm

Man, 2020 turning out to be memorable for the wrong reasons?

R.I.P. Johnny Nash. Think he deserved his own ched though... feels like an afterthought in here. Juss sayin'



My pops' jam. Still remember hearing this nonstop in the car and wondering how the guitarist got his axe to sound like that?

R.I.P. EVH.

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