This is truly heartbreaking to hear...
The death of Eddie Van Halen shook the world...
via: GettyAnd the rock music community was left utterly heartbroken.
So many fond memories have been flooding in of the late guitarist...
via: GettyAnd now, legendary KISS frontman Gene Simmons has spoken of his final moments with Eddie.
On October 6th, legendary guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, sadly passed away.
via: GettyHe was just sixty-five-years-old.
Almost instantly from the tragic announcement, the whole world went into mourning.
I’m speechless rn. Eddie Van Halen played such an important part in my formative music years. I owe so much of my l… https://t.co/v3Fn4BHzyo— Anthony Anta (@Anthony Anta)1602013572.0
Wow, RIP Eddie Van Halen, one of the best to ever pick up the guitar. what a sucky year this is :( https://t.co/agLG4TDJSn— AD (@AD)1602014647.0
RIP Eddie Van Halen 😔🎸 this one hurts— oh its Blake (@oh its Blake)1602013598.0
Oh man, while Van Halen was never my type of music, Eddie was one of the - if not THE - most influential guitar pla… https://t.co/UE5CdofArz— James A. Janisse (@James A. Janisse)1602013364.0
Eddie Van Halen has died. Many more eloquent than me will discuss his musical achievements, so I'll just note that… https://t.co/timv6MUYMn— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke)1602013287.0
Rock and roll lost a great man today. Eddie Van Halen, your guitar was legendary, and your music will live on forever.— George Takei (@George Takei)1602013291.0
Oh FFS, 2020 just keeps on getting shittier. RIP Eddie Van Halen, very sad news!— Andy B (@Andy B)1602014338.0
Rest In Peace Eddie Van Halen. You were so spectacular to see in concert, one of the best.— Katie (@Katie)1602014338.0
What....no.....Eddie Van Halen.... ):— BLM (@BLM)1602014399.0
RIP Eddie Van Halen! Truly one of the greatest guitarists ever!— Larry R. Butterfas (@Larry R. Butterfas)1602014647.0
RIP Eddie Van Halen x— sharon (@sharon)1602014560.0
OMG no no.. Eddie Van Halen dead? THE EDDIE VAN HALEN IS NO MORE? I am absolutely done. The Guitar God is gone.— Rajdeep Das (@Rajdeep Das)1602014559.0
We all know that Eddie co-founded the iconic rock band Van Halen...
via: GettyAnd he was renowned for his unique and intricate guitar skills.
Eddie had been a concrete member of the band for decades...
via: GettyAnd, up until his final day, music has been his life and his passion.
Eddie's son, Wolfgang Van Halen, was the one who announced the terrible news...
And, quickly, tributes began pouring in.
https://t.co/kQqDV7pulR— Wolf Van Halen (@Wolf Van Halen)1602012396.0
It's a tragic loss...
And people all over the world have been left heartbroken.
The world lost a legend today... RIP Eddie Van Halen https://t.co/C2sY2TcmOx— Will Rodgers (@Will Rodgers)1602012779.0
Wolfgang confirmed that his father passed away following a lengthy battle with throat cancer.
via: GettyHe 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.
But, just before he succumbed to the dreadful illness...
The guitarist frequently posted on his Instagram account...
Just 5 months ago, Eddie had shared this photo of him and his brother, Alex...
We can't imagine how Eddie will have spent his final few months...
via: GettyBecause due to his illness, he was left feeling weak and vulnerable.
We all know and love Gene Simmons for being the heavy-rocker from KISS.
via: GettyKISS 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...
via: TwitterAnd it turns out that Eddie and Gene were quite good friends!
Well, Gene has opened up to People Magazine about the last time he saw Eddie in 2014.
via: GettySpeaking 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?"
But Eddie knew exactly how to handle the situation.
And when Gene learned of Eddie's passing...
Rest in Peace, Eddie.
via: GettyOur 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.