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Eddie Van Halen: the guitar world mourns

Eddie Van Halen
(Image credit: Fin Costello/Redferns)

Tributes are flooding in from across the world of music as the news sinks in that the greatest guitar player of his generation, Eddie Van Halen has died aged 65, following a battle with cancer.

"I'm heartbroken and speechless," wrote Sammy Hagar.  "One of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time," said Tom Morello. "Oh man. Damn. I love you Eddie Van Halen," wrote Flea. "A true rocker, a deep musician, a HUGE heart, an LA boy through and through. A bold innovator and the undisputed king of all wheedlers."

"The word 'innovator' gets thrown around a lot in this industry," said Nita Strauss. "In my humble opinion, there is no-one it applies to more than the great Eddie Van Halen."

"Eddie was a guitar wonder," said Angus Young, "his playing pure wizardry."

Tributes from Tony Iommi, Vernon Reid, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Geezer Butler, Joe Bonamassa, David Coverdale, Steve Vai, Brian Wilson, Aerosmith, Mike Portnoy and many more are below.

Rest in peace eddy!A true original, I love early van Halen, $teve Jone$

A photo posted by @jonesysjukebox on Oct 6, 2020 at 12:50pm PDT

RIP #EddieVanHalen Slash

A photo posted by @slash on Oct 6, 2020 at 2:24pm PDT