Eddie Van Halen Thought His Tongue Cancer Was Caused From Putting Guitar Picks in His Mouth

Photo credit: Paul Natkin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Paul Natkin – Getty Images

From Prevention

  • Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen has died from cancer at 65.

  • Van Halen originally had tongue cancer, which eventually moved to his esophagus. He once speculated that it was caused by putting metal picks in his mouth. He was eventually undergoing lung cancer.

  • Doctors explain the causes of tongue and throat cancers, and what you can do to minimize the risk.

Tributes have been flooding in for legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died from cancer at the age of 65. Van Halen’s son, Wolf, shared the news of his father’s death on Twitter Tuesday.

Wolf said his father died after a “long and arduous battle with cancer,” adding, “my heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss.”

Van Halen opened up to Billboard in 2015 about his diagnosis, including how he had to have

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