Eddie Van Halen’s wife Janie has said she’s ‘shattered’ as she pens a heartbreaking message after the guitarist’s tragic death.
The Van Halen co-founder died at the age of 65 following a battle with throat cancer that lasted several years.
With tributes pouring in, Janie, who married Eddie in 2009, has spoken out.
She shared a snap of the pair’s legs as they enjoyed a trip to the beach, writing: ‘My husband, my love, my Peep, My heart and soul have been shattered into a million pieces.
‘I never knew it was possible to cry so many tears or feel such incredible sadness. Our journey together has not always been an easy one but in the end and always we have a connection and love that will always be.
‘Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I have ever had to do so instead I say so long, I will see you again soon in a place with no pain or sorrow. Please watch over Kody and I. We love you and miss you so very much. Love, your PooPee.’
Janie and Eddie tied the knot at the guitarist’s Studio City home 11 years ago, after his split from Valerie Bertinelli.
Eddie’s son Wolfgang, who he shares with Valerie, served as his best man, and his brother Alex officiated.
Wolfgang shared the sad news of his father’s death this week, writing: ‘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 was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with him on 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.’
Stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Gene Simmons, and Lenny Kravitz have paid tribute following Eddie’s tragic death.
The Kiss bassist told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain: ‘I fortunately got to know some greats and I will tell you that they don’t usually heap praise on people that pick up a guitar.
‘[Eddie] played emotionally and he taught himself. What you saw was a phenomenon. I’ll never forget they were headlining, they came to New York for the first time, I got backstage and Eddie was all smiles. He always took the high road.’
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