As we reported separately, legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen lost his battle with cancer yesterday at the age of 65. As you can imagine, several stars took to social media upon hearing news of his death.
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar tweeted a picture with Eddie writing, "Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family." David Lee Roth also shared a picture, captioning it, "What a Long Great Trip It’s Been.." Meanwhile, Michael Anthony also commented on Instagram, writing, "No words...Heartbroken, my love to the family💔"
Check out the other tributes below:
- “It’s completely tragic that we have lost him,” The Who's Pete Townshend tells Rolling Stone. “He was not just an innovative and stylish player with great taste, he was also a laidback virtuoso showman who just blew us all away every time. Every shredder today has lost their Master Teacher and Guide.” He adds, “As he got older he became more generous and amusing and self-effacing about his enormous gifts. He shared so many tricks through guitar workshops, online and on TV shows. Immense talent. The Great American Guitar Player. I was hoping he might be President one day."
- Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello also wrote an essay for "Rolling Stone," calling Eddie's death "such a shattering tragedy." He added that Eddie, "was one of the greatest, most inventive, truly visionary musicians of all time. He was an unparalleled titan in the annals of rock & roll. And on the Mount Rushmore of guitarists, he is neck-and-neck for the pole position." Check it out here.
- In an essay for Billboard, guitarist Joe Satriani writes that the first time he heard Eddie "not only was my breath taken away and my heart pumping out of control, but I was so happy that someone had arrived who was going to really do it." He adds, "My faith in music was renewed once again just from hearing him play. Every time I hear his guitar playing, I feel the same way. It always takes my breath away." Finally, he shares, "I hope he gets remembered as the greatest of the generation."
- Ozzy Osborne tells Rolling Stone that he knew Eddie had been sick because they had the same doctor, but he says "it really was a shock, because he was a good guy. He really was a good man." Ozzy adds, "It’s always a sad day when somebody like that dies. It’s like when Michael Jackson died. I didn’t believe it at first. It’s such a f**king loss." Van Halen opened for Black Sabbath in 1979 and Ozzy says, "one thing I loved about Eddie was he always had a big grin on his face, and he looked like he was enjoying every second he was up there," adding, "Whether it was showbiz bullshit or not — I don’t think it was — he always looked like he was having the best time of his life up there."