Van Halen was actually born in the Netherlands to a mother from Indonesia and a dad from the Netherlands. The family moved to the United States when he was about nine years old. While showing incredible talent for playing the piano, Van Halen really wanted to be a rock star from a very early age. Eddie and his brother formed a band in 1972, and by 1974, were officially called “Van Halen” and were playing regular gigs throughout the Los Angeles area. Their first major album, released in 1978, was a major hit, and a later album, 1984, went platinum five times, getting them to #1 on the billboards, and earning the band a Grammy. While this was their only #1 hit, the band had several #1 albums and many other hit songs. They are one of the most successful and memorable rock bands of all time.
At the time of his death, his estimated net worth was around $100 million, due to the longtime success of his albums and the band’s regular world tour schedule up until 2015. He has lived in the same mansion in the Coldwater Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles since the time he was married to his first wife, Valerie Bertinelli. On the property is his recording studio, 5150 Studios. Every album since 1984 was recorded there.
Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, was the one to announce his father’s passing on October 6, 2020.