Wolfgang, the son of Eddie van Halen, detailed his father’s battle with the disease in the years following his death last month.
But in a new interview Howard Stern Show, Van Helen revealed that in late 2017, her father was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
“The doctors were six weeks old,” Stern said, as his father said his father went to Germany for treatment.
“Whatever the fuck they do over there is amazing, because I got three more years with her.”
Wolfgang said conditions worsened in early 2019, when his father was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was later diagnosed with a brain tumor, and received Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat the disease.
“But as time passed, dirt and piles began to form. It never gave up. “
Wolfgang reported that amid the deteriorating condition of his father, a Van Halen “classic line-up” was planned for the reunion tour, which was discussed by the band’s manager Irving Azoff last month.
“It’s important, to tell people, that yes, it was real, and we were very excited about it,” Van Halen told Stern. “It just didn’t pan out.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Wolfgang premiered his new song ‘Distance’, a tribute to his father, and discussed the close musical bond between him and Van Helen.
“We had such a close relationship and now, for the rest of my life, there is no way I will ever be able to think about what I do – which is good, but hurts a lot. “
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Eddie van Halen died at the age of 65 last month, after a long battle with throat cancer, prompting Rock to pay tribute from around the world.
Earlier this month, Kirk Hammett of Slash, Metallica and Tom Morello of The Against the Machine honored Van Halen at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
“Eddie Van Halen was the Mozart of our generation,” Morello said during the moving tribute. “He had the kind of talent that probably comes once in a century.”