Sammy Hagar: Eddie Van Halen’s Death ‘Was Like Getting Hit By a Freaking Mack Truck’


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On Thursday, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony — former members of Van Halen and band mates of Eddie Van Halen — expressed their condolences regarding the guitarist‘s death in a video statement shared to Hagar’s social media channels.

As Hagar explains in the video, he and his band The Circle (Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson) had gathered to rehearse for Hagar’s Birthday Bash 2020 concert event, which will be recorded in a crowd-free environment and streamed as a pay-per-view event on Oct. 17.

While gathered together, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony expressed their deep condolences regarding Eddie Van Halen’s passing, with Hagar mentioning that the news “was like getting hit by a freaking Mack truck.”

This is among the latest reactions to the death of Eddie Van Halen, a guitar legend in the truest sense of the term.

Earlier Thursday, his brother and band mate Alex Van Halen also issued a statement, accompanied by a photo of the two of them as children:

Eddie Van Halen died after a “long and arduous” battle with cancer, according to his son, Wolfgang Van Halen:

Eddie’s ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, penned a heartfelt message:

40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang. Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.”

David Lee Roth, who shared the stage with Eddie Van Halen for years, shared a photo from what looks like one of Van Halen’s more recent reunion tours:


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