Eddie van Halen is dead.
He was described by Gary Moore as someone who had developed guitar playing 10 years ahead of his time and should be mentioned in the same breath as Jimi Hendrix, because Jimi had done the same in his own way.
Eddie died of cancer at 65. Probably he had taken too many drugs and drunk too much alcohol at a young age.
His tapping on the guitar became very style-defining in the 80’s and is still an absolute standard today.
He had recently become very slack on the guitar though, not much was left of his former virtuosity.
Now he probably plays a tapping guitar solo in heaven to the Pink Floyd song The Great Gig in the Sky. Rest in peace, dear Eddie.