KEY POINTS

  • Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, John Mayer and many other celebrities paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen
  • The iconic musician and guitarist died on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with cancer 
  • Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, confirmed his father's passing on social media

Legendary musician and guitarist Eddie Van Halen died at the age of 65 on Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The music industry is mourning his loss, and many celebrities are paying tribute to the late rock legend on social media.

Musician Wolfgang Van Halen confirmed the news of his father’s death on Twitter, saying every moment that he shared with him was “a gift.” He also said that it will be hard for him to “fully recover” from the loss of his dad.

“He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop,” Wolfgang said on Twitter.

Iconic band Metallica also shared a heartfelt message on social media for Van Halen, saying the group “considered him an inspiration." The band members also said that they were saddened to hear the news of Van Halen's death.

“We are enormously saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Eddie Van Halen. We considered him an inspiration, an idol, and after spending a summer together on the road in ’88, a friend. Sending love to Alex, @wolfvanhalen, & everyone in the greater VH family,” Metallica wrote on Twitter.

Ozzy Osbourne, a longtime friend of Van Halen, also opened up about him, revealing that the late rock legend was “one of the nicest guys” he had ever worked with. The “I Don’t Want To Change The World” hitmaker added that Van Halen’s influence on music has been “immeasurable.”

“@EddieVanHalen was one of the nicest guys I ever worked with and we shared so many laughs together. His influence on music and especially the guitar has been immeasurable. He was an absolute legend. Eddie, I’ll see you on the other side, my friend. Love, Ozzy,” Osbourne tweeted.

John Mayer, meanwhile, got emotional while writing about the man he looked up to when he was young. The singer explained that the late music composer was a “guitar superhero.”

“Eddie Van Halen was a guitar superhero. A true virtuoso. A stunningly good musician and composer. Looking up to him as a young kid was one of the driving forces in my needing to pick up a guitar. I was so blown away watching him exert such control and expression over his instrument. So very sad to learn of his passing. My love for his family, his bandmates, his friends, and his crew. EVH FOREVER,” Mayer wrote on Instagram.

Aerosmith shared a photo on its Twitter and paid homage to the late musician by calling him a “legend.”

“Rest In Peace @eddievanhalen. You will be missed! #Legend,” the band said.

The official Twitter account for rock band Pantera also shared an emotional message about the legendary rock guitarist. “RIP Eddie Van Halen. Van Halen was a tremendous influence on both Vinnie & Dime & Pantera. Hopefully, they are all rocking out together now!” the band wrote.

Below are more tributes from the members of the entertainment industry:

TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources "connected to" Van Halen, that the rock legend was with wife Janie Liszewski, son Wolfgang, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli and brother Alex Van Halen when he passed away at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.

Eddie Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at in Las Vegas
Eddie Van Halen performs onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at in Las Vegas GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Ethan Miller
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