In October, Valerie validated Eddie’s death and commemorated him on Instagram. “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you,” she shared at the time. “You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang.”
“Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin,” she continued. “I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”
Wolfgang likewise honored his late daddy with a heartfelt message of his own.
“I can’t think I’m needing to compose this, however my daddy, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has actually lost his long and strenuous fight with cancer today,” he composed on Instagram. “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.”
According to TMZ, who initially reported Eddie’s death, the rock legend died with his other half, Janie Liszewski, by his side. The outlet reported Eddie’s sibling, Alex Van Halen, and boy were likewise nearby.