"You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang".
"I told him I didn't really want to join another band, I was just starting my solo career and I'd like it see that through".
Innovator, virtuoso, inventor, rock god.
Valerie and Eddie tied the knot in 1981 and were married for more than 20 years.
How did Van Halen rise to stardom?
The first image featured herself and Van Halen with Wolfgang as a young child. You will be missed!
"40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. Dad said, 'we've got to make a living".
The second photo captured Van Halen sitting at a piano next to his father.
From the beginning, Van Halen was always a family affair.
Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 which was a precursor to a Rock Hall of Fame career. With Hagar, the group released four multi-platnium albums in 11 years. Popular songs included Hot for Teacher, Jump, and Unchained.
Van Halen was known for his dizzyingly fast virtuosic shredding, and his innovative tapping technique has inspired thousands of hard rocking teens since the late 70's.
Van Halen first confirmed his cancer diagnosis in 2001. He received treatment and the subsequent surgery removed about a third of his tongue. However, doctors recently discovered that the cancer had spread to his brain and other organs.
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Who has paid tribute to Van Halen?
The star said his "heart is broken" and he doesn't think he will "ever fully recover".
"Eddie put the smile back in rock guitar, at a time when it was all getting a bit brooding".
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea said: "Oh man, bless his lovely creative heart".
The classic lineup is typically considered to include the Van Halen brothers, vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony. Our love, condolences and best wishes to his his family, friends and fans.
Gene said on the programme: "And Eddie was all smiles, that's the saddest... sorry, I'm getting caught up here". Van Halen was a tremendous influence on both Vinnie & Dime & Pantera. "Hopefully they are all rocking out together now!"
Eddie Van Halen's son Wolf shared the tragic news that his father had passed away.