The co-founder and lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May has expressed his sorrows over the great loss of the metal community, the death of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, while saying his passing leaves a giant hole in his heart.

Unfortunately, 2020 has brought another agonizing incident to our lives lately. The co-founder and guitarist of Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen passed away after a life-long battle with cancer as it was stated by his son, Wolfgang, on Twitter with a heartbreaking letter.

As you may know, the legend was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000 and underwent an operation to remove cancer along with roughly a third of his tongue. Though he was declared cancer-free in 2002, the sources said that he occasionally had cancer cells scraped out of his throat after they migrated there.

Last year, it was revealed that Eddie had been receiving radiation treatment in Germany for his throat cancer. After his death has been announced this Tuesday by his son, it came out that Van Halen died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, his wife, Janie, his son, Wolfgang, his ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli, and his brother, Alex, by his side.

The doctors stated that cancer had moved to his brain, along with other organs, and Eddie departed this life at the age of 65, after spending 72 hours in the hospital.

As Eddie Van Halen’s fans and family have been mourning his loss, one of his friends, and an iconic guitarist, Brian May, has explained his feelings about the news on Instagram.

May has said by referring to Eddie that this wonderful man was way too young to be taken. He also called Van Halen the most original and dazzling rock guitarist in history while recalling the old days they spent time together.

Brian May has finalized his statement by saying he treasures the moments they shared with Eddie Van Halen, who opened a door to a new kind of playing, and admitting that his passing leaves a giant hole in his heart.

Here’s what Brian May said in his recent Instagram post:

“Completely gutted to hear the sad news. This wonderful man was way too young to be taken. What a talent – what a legacy – probably the most original and dazzling rock guitarist in history.

I think of him as a boy – an innocent prodigy – always full of joy, always modest – and those truly magical fingers opened a door to a new kind of playing.

I treasure the moments we shared. His passing leaves a giant hole in my heart. RIP Ed Van Halen. Bri.”

You can see the post below.