Eddie Van Halen, 64, ‘is suffering from throat cancer which ‘doctors believe he contracted after years of sucking on his metal guitar pick’
It comes 20 years after the guitar icon had treatment for tongue cancer.
After being given the all-clear from the initial diagnosis – which Van Halen says was brought on by having metal guitar picks in his mouth while performing gigs – in 2002, TMZ now report that the guitarist has been undergoing radiation treatment for throat cancer for the last five years.(Dailymail)
The report states that the treatment process has been largely effective, helping Van Halen keep the “disease in check”.
The rocker, 64, had part of his tongue removed in 2000, blaming holding the pick in his mouth, and had reportedly been declared cancer free in 2002
But he has been going to Germany for treatment over the last five years, TMZ say
A source told the site ‘for the most part it’s worked to keep the disease in check’
The band last performed in 2015 at at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl and there were rumors the band’s classic lineup were set to perform for the first time since 1984
He had a third of his tongue removed in 2000 and had reportedly been declared cancer free in 2002 but has now been to Germany to get radiation treatment over the last five years.
The Van Halen star, who was a ‘heavy smoker’, is said to blame holding the pick in his mouth while on stage for his diagnosis.
Van Halen last performed together in 2015, and last week David Lee Roth said that the band were “finished”.
Speaking on Detroit radio station WRIF, Roth said: “I think Van Halen’s finished and this [solo project]is the next phase,” he replied.
“I’ve inherited the band de facto — whatever that means,” he continued. “I think it means if you inherit it, carry this proudly. Van Halen isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know.”