Sammy Hagar revealed that he and Eddie Van Halen had made peace with each other prior to the guitarist's death this past October 7th. Blabbermouth reported Hagar revealed through a note relayed to Howard Stern, that the pair — who had been on the outs for over 15 years — had recently resumed communication. Hagar wrote, “Eddie and I had been texting, and it's been a love fest since we started communicating earlier this year. We both agreed not to tell anyone, because of all the rumors it would stir up about a reunion, et cetera, and we both knew that wasn't gonna happen. But he also didn't want anyone to know about his health. He stopped responding to me a month ago, and I figured it wasn't good. I reached out one more time last week, and when he didn't respond, I figured it was a matter of time. But it came way too soon.”
Several sources have reported that Eddie Van Halen died at Santa Monica's St. John's Hospital surrounded by his family — son Wolfgang, wife Janie, ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and his brother Alex Van Halen.
Eddie's widow, Janie Van Halen posted a tribute to Eddie on her Instagram page, which read: