Wolfgang Van Halen has revealed new details about his late father’s health leading up to the legendary guitarist’s death in early October. In a new interview on The Howard Stern Show, he said that his father had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2017.
“The doctors were like, ‘You have six weeks’,” he told Stern, adding that his father had sought alternative cancer treatments in Germany. “Whatever the fuck they do over there, it’s amazing, because I got three more years with him.”
Wolfgang went on to say that Eddie had a motorcycle accident in 2019, which was when he “found out that he had a brain tumor.” From there, “shit kept stacking up and stacking up. It just never let up.”
Wolfgang also explained that his father was hoping to head out on a Van Halen “classic line-up” reunion tour, featuring David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, and Gary Cherone, as well as the return of bassist Michael Anthony. “That’s important, to let people know, that yeah, that was real, and we were so excited about it,” Wolfgang said. “It just didn’t pan out.”
Just yesterday, Wolfgang released his debut solo single, ‘Distance’, which was accompanied by music video featuring clips of him and his father together throughout the years.