Eddie’s son Wolf – who he shares with ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli – announced the news of his dad’s death on Twitter yesterday.
He wrote: “I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning.
“He was the best father I could ever ask for.
“Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.
“I love you so much, Pop.”