|Eddie Van Halen Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||January 26, 1955|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Eddie Van Halen was an American musician, songwriter, producer, and inventor who co-founded the rock band, Van Halen, along with his brother and drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Mark Stone, and singer David Lee Roth in Pasadena, California in 1972. As a Van Halen member, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and gained immense acclaim with his tapping guitar solo technique.
Edward Lodewijk van Halen
Eddie, Van Halen, EVH
He was born on January 26, 1955.
On October 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen passed away after suffering from throat cancer at the age of 65 at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, United States.
He resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.
He attended Pasadena City College and from 1964 to 1967, he won first place in the annual piano competition held at Long Beach City College.
Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Inventor
- Father – Jan van Halen (Jazz Pianist, Clarinetist, Saxophonist)
- Mother – Eugenia née van Beers
- Sibling – Alex Van Halen (Older Brother) (Musician, Drummer)
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Warner Bros., Interscope Records
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Eddie Van Halen had dated –
- Lita Ford – He was romantically involved with Lita Ford, the English-born American heavy metal guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, in the past.
- Connie Hamzy (1979-1980)
- Valerie Bertinelli (1980-2007) – He met American actress Valerie Bertinelli in the year 1980 and the duo married the following year. Their son, Wolfgang Van Halen, was born on March 16, 1991. The duo later divorced in 2007.
- Andi Remington (1994-1995)
- Janie Liszewski (2007-2020) – He proposed to actress and stuntwoman Janie Liszewski in 2008 and they got married in 2009 at his Studio City estate, with Eddie’s son Wolfgang and ex-wife Bertinelli in attendance. They remained married until his death in 2020.
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (White and Asian)
He was of Dutch descent on his father’s side and had Dutch-Indonesian (Javanese) and Italian roots on his mother’s side.
- His Frankenstrat guitar
- Two-tapping technique
- Use of the whammy bar and synthesizers
He appeared in the print adverts for EVH Wolfgang (1996), Peavey 5150 (1992), and Milk (w/ brother Alex) (1997).
Eddie Van Halen Facts
- He was just 12 years old when he started smoking and drinking and struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse for the most part of his life.
- His first guitar was a Teisco Del Ray electric with 4 pickups bought for $70.
- He underwent emergency surgery for a severe bout of diverticulitis in 2012.
- Eddie Van Halen once said, “Eric Clapton is Eric Clapton. Nobody does Clapton better than him. Nobody does Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix) better than Hendrix. Music is an individual form of expression.”
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