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Eddie Van Halen, the lead guitarist of iconic rock group Van Halen, has died, confirmed his son. He was 65.

He died on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer, reports variety.com.

Van Halen’s son Wolf tweeted, “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.”

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He had founded Van Halen with his older brother, drummer Alex; the siblings were joined by vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony in the first recording line-up of the group.

Roth posted a photo of himself beside his former bandmate, and wrote on Twitter: “What a long, great trip it’s been.”

His band were best known for their song “Jump”, which got the top spot of the US charts in 1984.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea tweeted that Van Halen had a “beautiful creative heart”.  –ians/nn/in

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