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Eddie Van Halen: The death of a rock star and inventor
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Rock and Roll icon Eddie Van Halen, who died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 65, was worth an estimated $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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News of the legendary guitarist's passing was confirmed by his son Wolf on Tuesday.
"I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning," he wrote on Twitter. "He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I've shared with him on stage and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don't think I'll ever fully recover from this loss.I love you so much, Pop."
EDDIE VAN HALEN, LEGENDARY ROCK GUITARIST, DEAD AT 65
While he is mainly known as the skilled guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen, along with his brother Alex, he had a successful career as an inventor owning several guitar patents.
Among them; "Musical Instrument Support", "Stringed instrument with adjustable string tension control" and "Guitar Peghead".
Eddie Van Halen’s Musical Patents
"Musical instrument support”
A device that would allow a guitar or similar instrument to be positioned perpendicular to a musician’s body, letting a musician play the guitar in a completely different manner to create sounds that couldn’t be achieved from the standard carry.
"Stringed instrument with adjustable string tension control"
A series of pegs anchored to the tailpiece of a guitar, which allowed guitar strings wrapped around the pegs to always maintain a consistent tune.
Placed the tuning pegs on the opposite sides of a guitar's headstocks to help the strings hold tension. It also removes the need for string trees and hinders string replacement.
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Van Halen told Popular Mechanics that he has always been a tinkerer after growing up watching his dad in the family's house in Pasadena, California.
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