Rock legend Eddie Van Halen, dead at age 65

Rocker has been battling throat cancer

Eddie Van Halen has died of cancer at the age of 65.

The rock legend’s son, Wolf Van Halen, confirmed the death of his father Tuesday with a tweet.

Van Halen was the main songwriter and founder of the classic rock band Van Halen, which also included his brother Alex on the drums, bassist Mark Stone and frontman David Lee Roth.

Van Halen and his brother moved to Pasadena as children from the Netherlands. The brothers formed their band in 1972, changing its name to Van Halen, which became a staple of L.A. music in the mid-1970s, playing world-famous clubs like the Whisky a Go Go.

He had a son with actress Valerie Bertinelli, whom he divorced in 2007. And Van Halen went on to marry actress and stuntwoman Janie Liszewki in 2009.