Edward “Eddie” Van Halen is an American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is the founder of the rock band Van Halen along with his brother, Alex Van Halen, and band members, David Lee Roth and Michael Anthony.

Eddie Van Halen: Age & Height

Born on January 26, 1955, Eddie is currently 65 years old. He is 5 feet and 8 inches (1.73 m) tall.

Early Life, Education, Parents

Edward Van Halen was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Jan van Halen and Eugenia van Halen. His father was an accomplished jazz saxophonist and clarinet musician. From his paternal side, Eddie is of Dutch descent. Moreover, he has a Indonesian ancestry from his maternal side.

Eddie spent his early years in Nijmegen in the east of the Netherlands, along with his parents and older brother, Alex Van Halen. The family moved to Pasadena, California ‘with approximately $50 and a piano’ in February 1962.

Both brothers started learning piano at the age of six, commuting from Pasadena to San Pedro to study with a piano teacher, Stasys “Stanley” Kalvaitis. Initially, Eddie took up drums, and his brother played guitar. However, when Alex switched his interest to drum, he quickly surpassed Eddie. After hearing Alex’s performance of The Surfaris’ drum solo in the song “Wipe Out,” Eddie decided to play electric guitar instead, devoting hours to mastering the skills.

The 65 years old musician attended Hamilton Elementary School and Pasadena City College. As a matter of fact, it is at Pasadena college where he met the flamboyant rock vocalist and lead singer of Van Halen, David Lee Roth. Additionally, Eddie and his brother are naturalized U.S. citizens. His father died of complications from alcoholism in 1986 at the age of 66.

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Net Worth of Eddie Van Halen

Eddie has an estimated net worth of $100 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth. His incomes come from his nearly five-decade-long career as a musician. The phenomenal guitarist formed Van Halen in 1972. It has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling groups of all time.

Further, Eddie’s self-made guitar, The Frankenstrat, also known as the “Frankenstein,” is reportedly worth $100,000, a copy of which is housed in the National Museum of American History.

Since the early 1980s, Eddie has lived in a 10,000-square-foot home in the Coldwater Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. The house, called 5150 Estate, has a detached 5150 studio in which the group recorded every one of their albums since 1984.

Besides, the acclaimed guitarist also owned a house in Beverly Hills. He sold the Cape Cod-style home for 1.5 million in 2008.

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Is Eddie Van Halen married?

The 65 years old musician has been married twice. He married actress Valerie Bertinelli on April 11, 1981. They had met a year earlier at a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their son, Wolfgang Van Halen, was born on March 16, 1991.

Bertinelli and Halen had been separated and living apart since October 2001. Four years later, Valerie filed for divorce in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. It became finalized in December 2007.

Eddie married his girlfriend, Janie Liszewski, after dating for three years, on June 27, 2009. Janie is an actress and a stunt-woman. She became Van Halen’s publicist in 2007. Their wedding ceremony took place in Eddie’s Studio City estate officiated by his brother Alex. Interestingly, Eddie’s ex-wife, Valerie, attended the wedding, and his son served as a best man.

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Eddie Van Halen health: What cancer did Eddie Van Halen have?

In 2000, Eddie Van Halen was treated for tongue cancer. He underwent surgery, which removed a third of his tongue. Two years later, Eddie was declared cancer-free.

The 65 years old musician was also diagnosed with chronic avascular necrosis in 1995 and underwent hip replacement surgery in November 1999.

Moreover, he had emergency surgery in August 2012 for a severe case of Diverticulitis, a digestive disorder that involves inflammation and infection of the colon. As per the band official Facebook page, further surgeries were not needed, and ‘a full recovery is expected within 4-6 months’.