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Inside Eddie Van Halen's tragic death - drug abuse, cancer and guitar pick illness fears
Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 in October 2020 after a battle with throat cancer which had spread to his brainThe legendary Van Halen guitarist, battled the disease over ten years as he continued to perform with the group.Van Halen, made up of Eddie, his brother Alex Van Halen, Eddie's son Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth, was one of the most iconic heavy metal bands in the world and they're known for iconic songs such as Jump.The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and Eddie last performed with them in October 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.As his 26th January birthday approaches Daily Star Online takes a look inside his tragic death, drug abuse, cancer battle and the suspected cause of his illness.Van Halen formed in 1978 started out as a backyard party band in Los Angeles with the two Van Halen brothers Eddie and Alex, before they hired bass player, Michael Anthony and untrained vocalist David Lee Roth.After bagging a record deal Eddie and the group embarked on tours which were bursting with sex, drugs and hotel room destruction, a book by their personal manager Noel Monk claims.The 2017 Runnin' with the Devil book tells how the lad's motto was "drink a bottle of booze, pop a couple ludes, smoke a joint or two (or ten) and see where the night takes you".Monk wrote: "They perfectly embodied the West Coast surfer, stoner and partying culture – bongs, babes and parties."The group collapsed in 1985 before later reforming after fighting, out-of-control alcoholic consumption and drug binges, according to the book.Monk said: "Too much talent and too much ego, too many disparate personalities, too much drugs and alcohol.