Eddie Van Halen\u2019s Son Wolfgang Shares Rare Childhood Video to Honor Dad\u2019s 66th Birthday
Eddie Van Halen’s family paid a special tribute to him on Jan. 26, which would have been the rock legend’s 66th birthday. The late guitarist’s son Wolfgang Van Halen shared a touching video to Instagram, which included never-before-seen moments from his childhood.
In the first clip, which was dated September 4, 1994, you can see Eddie playing with a Dalmatian while a young Wolfgang cheered on his father. Eddie playfully pulled his shirt over his son’s head, and the two adorably waddled around together.
He also shared a second video from a past Christmas Eve, where the two of them played around with a video camera. “It’s Wolfie and Daddy!” Eddie said in the video, while his son smiles at the camera.
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“Happy 66th Birthday, Pop. I wish I could give you the biggest hug and celebrate it with you. I love and miss you so much it hurts. I don’t even know how to put it into words,” Wolfgang wrote in the caption. “I’m doing my best to hold it together. Not a second has gone by where you haven’t been on my mind, and today will be no different.”
Wolfgang’s mom Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie for 26 years, re-posted the home video to her Instagram, writing “I love you Wolfie ♥️ Miss you Ed ♥️.”
Eddie, who had a long history with cancer, passed away in October 2020. “At the end of 2017, he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and the doctors were like, ‘You have six weeks,’” Wolfgang told Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show in November. He said his father’s condition worsened in early 2019 after Eddie got into a motorcycle accident and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Wolfgang admitted that the loss is “always gonna hurt,” but he’s continuing to honor Eddie through his music. He released his latest song “Distance” in honor of his dad, and will follow in his footsteps by sharing new music with the world.
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