Eddie Van Halen had been battling cancer for many years.

Legendary rock star Eddie Van Halen has passed away at the age of 65. 

His son Wolfgang Van Halen broke the news on Instagram on Tuesday morning:   

    

Eddie, the co-founder and guitarist of rock band Van Halen, has been battling throat cancer for the last five years. It's reported that his health took a significant downhill turn over the last 72 hours, resulting in his passing.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.