According to TMZ, Eddie Van Halen, legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, has died after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 65.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us … he died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie’s brother and drummer.

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We’re told in the last 72 hours Eddie’s ongoing health battle went massively downhill — doctors discovered his throat cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

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