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Eddie Van Halen's Son Wolfgang Responds to Rumors That He's Replacing Late Father as Guitarist

Lois Oladejo
Oct 29, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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Wolfgang Van Halen, the son of late legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, has hit out at reports suggesting that he could take up his father's mantle and replace him on his band.

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Earlier this week, Wolfgang Van Halen took to Twitter and reacted to some of the rumors making the rounds about his father, Eddie Van Halen. Wolfgang had responded to a tabloid reporter who suggested that he could replace his father, Eddie Van Halen, on the iconic rock group "Van Halen."

The tabloid report explained that "Van Halen" was pretty shaken up after Eddie's death. However, while many believe that the band might break up, there was hope on the horizon.

Eddie Van Halen at the 10th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic at Lakeside Country Club on May 1, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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The report added that Wolfgang, also a guitarist, might take up his father's place as the band's lead guitarist. Wolfgang, on the other hand, was quick to hit out against the report. In his tweet, he said:

"This is just a {expletive} lie attempting to capitalize on these awful times. Please stop with this. Anyone peddling this {expletive} is not only hurting the fans, but hurting me and my family."

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Wolfgang is the only son of Eddie and his mother, actor Valerie Bertinelli. He joined "Van Halen" in 2006, acting as the group's bass guitarist while he was just a teenager. Although there is still a chance of him stepping up to be the new lead guitarist, he isn't entertaining any rumors for now.

It is understandable that Wolfgang would react in such a way. Eddie died recently, and the pain of such an occurrence is still fresh.

Eddie was only 65 years old when he died. However, his musical legend will live on

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The older Van Halen died last month after a lengthy battle with cancer. It is unclear what variant of cancer he had, but he seemed to have been fighting the disease privately.

Eddie was only 65 years old when he died. However, his musical legend will live on. As the lead guitarist for "Van Halen," Eddie was one of the group's most consistent members.

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Along with his brother, Alex Van Halen, Eddie formed a cornerstone for the band. Over forty years, they churned hit after hit.

While "Van Halen" had cycled through several lead singers, Eddie and Alex remained in the band and helped propel it to unprecedented success for decades.

Sadly, it all ended last month as Eddie succumbed to cancer. With such an integral part lost, it is unclear if "Van Halen" will stay together. For now, however, the Van Halen family will most likely need the time to mourn and not be distracted by rumors.

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