KISS Rocker Gene Simmons Recalls the Final Time He Spoke With Eddie Van Halen

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This is truly heartbreaking to hear…

And the rock music community was left utterly heartbroken.

And now, legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons has spoken of his final moments with Eddie.

He was just sixty-five-years-old.

And he was renowned for his unique and intricate guitar skills.

And, up until his final day, music has been his life and his passion.

— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) 1602012396.0

And, quickly, tributes began pouring in.

And people all over the world have been left heartbroken.

He had been battling the disease for over a decade, and his journey finally came to an end at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

Eddie had been quite active on social media.

And he wasn’t afraid to show off his wicked sense of humor with his 457,000 followers.

People began to notice his “touching” final Instagram post.

Alongside the caption: “Happy Birthday Al!! Love Ya!!”

Because due to his illness, he was left feeling weak and vulnerable.

And Gene Simmons has recently proven this.

KISS is one of the most iconic rock bands in the world and the band members are very popular in the rock community.

Everyone knows Gene Simmons…

And it turns out that Eddie and Gene were quite good friends!

Speaking of their encounter, seventy-one-year-old Gene said: “Years later, I ran into Eddie on Sunset Blvd. This was after he caught the disease and I didn’t know what to say to him… I didn’t want to bring up the subject. Should I grab him and hug him and tell him how sorry I am? Should I put my hand on his shoulder?”

“He brought it up. He said, ‘Hey man, I got cancer. What are you gonna do?’ and he smiled. He just sort of shrugged. He was like, ‘Hey, wanna get a hot dog or something?’ And he just walked off — not looking for sympathy or anything… He really seemed to enjoy life.”

“When I was shocked to find out Eddie had passed, the first image that hit me — so help me God — was Eddie Van Halen grinning from ear to ear with that big, huge, million-dollar smile,” the rocker recalled. “He always had that on, whether he was on stage playing for packed houses or in videos or meeting a stranger. He just smiles and says, ‘Hey, how you doing?'”

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends during this terrible time. As this turbulent year rattles on, let’s take a second to look back at all the famous faces we have tragically lost this year.