Daily Distraction: Remembering the late Eddie Van Halen

Andy Downing
adowning@columbusalive.com
David Lee Roth, left, and Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen perform at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Eddie Van Halen, longtime guitarist for popular rock band Van Halen, has died at age 65 following a battle with cancer.

Van Halen's son, Wolfgang, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Van Halen was easily one of the most influential guitar players of his generation, a musician whose flash and technical prowess are captured in videos like the one posted below, which also includes a warning commiserate with his admirable skillset: "This video may cause serious injury or death. Side effects may include melting of face due to awesomeness, hair falling out, and [causing your] eyes and ears to explode!"