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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
A source claims that Eddie Van Halen’s health was in “rapid decline” over the last few days after suffering from cancer for years.
The source tells People magazine that, “During the quarantine, everyone around Eddie was even more cautious about his health and his family truly protected him,” the source says. “He had throat cancer for years but it spread — it was in all his organs.”
The article mentions that the legendary guitarist, who died on Tuesday at 65, battled the disease, his family made sure to protect him during the coronavirus pandemic, the source says.
“He’s had it for years but nobody knew it was this serious,” the second source says.
Fox News reports that Van Halen told Billboard magazine in 2015 that he had one-third of his tongue removed due to cancer that had also spread to his esophagus.
“I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” he says. “Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory.”
“I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.”
Despite a changing lineup, which included fellow stars David Lee Roth and his vocal successor Hagar, Van Halen would remain the epicenter of the group’s consistent popularity and chart-climbing output all the way up to its final album in 2012. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Van Halen’s work is also immortalized in other iconic musical projects, including his guitar solo on Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It.”