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Metal and Rock Musicians React to Eddie Van Halen’s Death


Update, October 7, 9:12 a.m. EDT: Now includes tributes from Ozzy Osbourne, Angus Young, Slash, and more.

The metal world, the rock world… nay, the entire world… are in shock from the death of Eddie Van Halen. The pioneering guitarist died this morning at 65 years old from throat cancer, and tributes have been flowing out on social media from metal musicians ever since the news broke this afternoon. You can find a few dozen of those below (we’ll add more as they come in).

Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen):


Ozzy Osbourne:

Angus Young (AC/DC):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses):


Joe Elliott and Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard):

John 5:

Dj Ashba (Sixx A.M.):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath):

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Charlie Benante (Anthrax):


Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Brendon Small (Dethklok):

Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, etc.):

Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus):

Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge):

Mike Inez (Alice in Chains):


William DuVall (Alice in Chains):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

Dustie Waring (Between the Buried and Me):

Brody Uttley (Rivers of Nihil):

Lita Ford:

Mark Morton (Lamb of God):

Billy Idol:

David Coverdale (Whitesnake):

Doug Aldrich (ex-Whitesnake, ex-White Lion, etc.):

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister):

J.J. French (Twisted Sister):

Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall):

Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, David Lee Roth):

Steve Vai:

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy):

Death Angel:

The Pantera estate:

Danica Roem (Cab Ride Home, politician):


Papa Roach:

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Rob Halford (Judas Priest):

Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest):


Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Adam Jones (Tool):

Paul Stanley (Kiss):

Gene Simmons (Kiss):

Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Phil Labonte (All That Remains):

Todd La Torre (Queensryche):

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper):

Michael Sweet (Stryper):

Otep Shamaya (Otep):

Ryan Van Poederooyen (ex-Devin Townsend):


Jake Shaw (Defiler):

Jay Ruston (producer):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Sacred Reich:

Rob Scallon (YouTuber):

Jared Dines (YouTuber):

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