Eddie Van Halen Facing New Health Issue: Reports

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If a new report is true, Eddie Van Halen has throat cancer and has been traveling to Germany for treatment. So says TMZ, which reports today (Oct. 13) that the classic rock legend “has flown to Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment, and for the most part it’s worked to keep the disease in check.”

Van Halen, 64, had an earlier bout with tongue cancer, in 2000. He was declared cancer-free two years later. He was a long-time smoker but claims that he developed cancer because of an unusual habit. “I used metal picks – they’re brass and copper – which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” he told Billboard.

As Best Classic Bands has written previously: “The prime example of his astounding tone, agility and adventurousness begins with Van Halen lighting his cigarette, blowing some smoke rings and soloing for close to six minutes. And his cigarette stays lit until the very end.”

Other reports indicate that the guitarist had been visited lately by his ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli. “She’s just that type of warm, loving and compassionate person,” said a source to writer A.J. Benza. The couple have a son, Wolfgang, now 28. They were divorced in 2007; both have since remarried.

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Eddie Van Halen (born January 26, 1955) immigrated from Holland with his family when he was seven, settling in Pasadena, Calif.

Related: Our feature on how EVH changed rock guitar

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