Eddie Van Halen Dead at 65 from Cancer

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Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us … he died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie’s brother and drummer.

Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth singing. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 … which launched the group into rock superstardom in the ’80s.

They went on to pump out hit after hit, including “Runnin’ with the Devil,” “Unchained,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Panama” and “Jump” … and continued their success with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after the departure of Roth in 1985.

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