Eddie Van Halen Confirms Cancer Diagnosis
Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has confirmed that he is undergoing treatment for cancer. In a statement posted on the veteran rock group's official Web site, he writes, "I'm sorry for having waitVan Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has confirmed that he is undergoing treatment for cancer. In a statement posted on the veteran rock group's official Web site, he writes, "I'm sorry for having waited so long to address this issue personally. But, cancer can be a very unique and private matter to deal with. So, I think it's about time to tell you where I'm at."
"I was examined by three oncologists and three head & neck surgeons at Cedars Sinai [Medical Center in Los Angeles] just before spring break and I was told that I'm healthier than ever and beating cancer," the statement continues. "Although it's hard to say when, there's a good chance I will be cancer free in the near future. I just want to thank all of you for your concern and support."
Van Halen began exploratory cancer treatment at a Houston hospital last May, but the measures were only described as preventative at the time. Former Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth, who confirmed last week that he and his former bandmate had written three songs together last year, said in a statement, "I was stunned this morning to learn Eddie Van Halen has cancer. My condolences. You can whip this, champ."
Roth's disclosure of his collaboration with Eddie Van Halen naturally rekindled rumors that Roth would be brought back into the Van Halen fold. But the band posted a statement on its Web site noting that, "we're aware of all the rumors, and rumors are just that. We are continuing to work in the studio creating music for our next record."
Van Halen is currently without a lead singer, following the 1999 departure of former Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. With Cherone, the group released only one album, 1998's "Van Halen 3." Although it debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200, it has to date sold a disappointing 510,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.