Original Van Halen bassist Mark Stone dies following cancer battle

Mark Stone (l), Alex Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen
(Image credit: Van Halen Story - The Early Years)

Mark Stone, Van Halen’s original bassist, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Stone’s death was confirmed by his brother, Brad Stone, who wrote on Instagram, “My beloved brother Mark passed this morning. #markstone #vanhalen #fanhalen."

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.