As the whole metal community and the world have been devastated with the passing of the legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, his musician friends, Kirk Hammett, John Petrucci, and Jerry Cantrell have mourned him via Instagram.

The great musician and an inventor, Eddie Van Halen, passed away this Tuesday at the age of 65, after a quite long battle with cancer, as it was stated by his son, Wolfgang, on Twitter with an agonizing letter.

The legend had been struggling on and off with cancer since he was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000 and underwent an operation to remove the cells. It was later declared that his cancer had scraped out of his throat and lungs after they migrated there.

Sadly, Van Halen lost his fight and passed away 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.

Together with his fans and family, most of Eddie Van Halen’s musician friends have expressed their sorrows about the great loss on social media lately. Metallica guitarist, Kirk Hammett, said about EVH that his music will live on forever on an Instagram post.

In addition to Hammett, the founding member and guitarist of Dream Theater, John Petrucci, has shared a long statement on Instagram, in which he said Eddie changed guitar forever and was a tremendous inspiration for him and countless guitarists everywhere.

Also, the founder and lead guitarist of Alice In Chains, Jerry Cantrell, said a few things about the legend on Instagram. Cantrell recalled the good old days he spent together with Eddie Van Halen while thanking him for the music and inspiration, as well as the adventures and laughs.

Here’s what Kirk Hammett said in his recent Instagram post:

“Eddie gave so much of himself to us. His music will live on forever. My heart goes out to Eddie’s family. Thank you Eddie, and with much love and respect. May you find much Rest In your Peace.”

John Petrucci said about Van Halen:

“So deeply saddened by this tremendous loss today. EVH changed guitar forever and was a tremendous inspiration for me and countless guitarists everywhere.

Today the guitar community and the world mourn the loss of a true innovator, legend and one of the greatest musical icons of our time. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. May you Rest In Peace Eddie. 💔”

Jerry Cantrell has reacted to the news by saying:

“Legend. Thank you for the music and inspiration, the hotel and backstage jams, adventures and laughs. 🖤 EVH.”

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