Wolfgang Van Halen pays a moving tribute to his late father, rock legend Eddie Van Halen, on the second anniversary of Eddie’s tragic death from cancer at the age of 65.
“2 years and not a single day has gone by that I haven’t thought of you,” the 31-year-old Van Halen wrote next to a selfie of him and his dad which he posted on October 6 on Instagram.
“I’m trying to do my best and hold on, but it’s not the same without you here dad. I miss you and love you more than you can imagine,” he said. he adds.
Wolfgang Van Halen’s mother, Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie Van Halen from 1981 to 2007, also paid tribute to the late Van Halen guitarist on Instagram.
Bertinelli, 62, posted a throwback picture of her child son in the arms of her late ex-husband. She captioned the photo with two gray heart emojis.
The Food Network star shared this photo in her Instagram stories, and added two more throwback photos showing her and Eddie Van Halen making out in their younger years. She also included audio for the song “Distance,” which Wolfgang Van Halen wrote as a tribute to his late father.
Despite their divorce, Bertinelli remained close to Eddie Van Halen until his death, even visiting him in the hospital in his final days.
The former ‘One Day at a Time’ star opened up about her heartbreaking final moments with the Grammy winner in a memoir, ‘Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,’ published in January. .
Bertinelli recalled that she and her son took turns visiting the musician in hospital during the last week and a half of his life, according to excerpts from the memoirs published earlier this year in People.
Days before Eddie Van Halen died, she recalled, she and the musician, who had both remarried other people, wept over the special bond they had always shared.
“Maybe next time, right?” Bertinelli remembers telling Eddie Van Halen. “Maybe next time we’ll make it right.”
The end, she recalls, came in “slow motion”.
“Tuesday morning Wolfie calls me and says Ed’s breathing has changed and I need to get to the hospital ASAP.
“‘I love you’ are the last words Ed says to Wolfie and me, and these are the last words we say to him before he stops breathing,” she wrote.