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Tributes flow for Van Halen

Tributes flow for Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen was considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. (BBC)

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Tributes have been paid to Eddie Van Halen, the revered guitarist and co-founder of rock band Van Halen, following his death at the age of 65.

Kiss singer Gene Simmons remembered him as a “Guitar God”, while other stars likened him to a modern-day Mozart.

Van Halen’s long-time frontman David Lee Roth posted a photo of himself beside his former bandmate, writing: “What a long, great trip it’s been.”

The Dutch-American musician had been receiving treatment for throat cancer.

His band were best known for their song Jump, which hit the top of the US charts in 1984.

His son Wolfgang paid tribute to him on social media, saying he was the best father he could ever ask for.

“Every moment I’ve shared with him on and off stage was a gift,” wrote Wolfgang, who became Van Halen’s bassist in 2006.

“My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.”

The guitarist had been in and out of hospital in the past year and recently underwent a round of chemotherapy, TMZ reported, citing sources. (BBC)