Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang Van Halen discussed his cancer in a new Telegraph interview.
“He was diagnosed with [stage four] lung cancer [in 2017],” Wolfgang said. “We got some good, liveable years, but that was the beginning [of the end], I would say.
“It really didn’t take a turn for the worst until the end of 2019,” he added. “There were still positive moments in between, but that’s when it took a nosedive. So many different health issues stacked on top of each other. He just buckled under the weight of it all.
“When you grow up, you always know, ‘One day I’ll have to take care of the parent,’ but I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. While it was happening, I was like, ‘Okay, it’ll happen later,’ but little did I know I was already in the middle of it.”
Eddie flew to Germany for radiation treatments. Wolfgang told The Washington Post that Eddie could have flown to Germany for more radiation had the coronavirus crisis not happened, possibly giving him more time and making a Van Halen tour possible.
Last November, Wolfgang said that doctors told Eddie he had “six weeks” to live after he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. “And then he went to Germany. Whatever the fuck they do over there, it’s amazing, because I got three more years with him.”