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Eddie Van Halen dies at 65; his band had a Cubs connection

Those of you of “a certain age” will remember why.

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Rock musician Eddie Van Halen, best known for the group that bore his last name, passed away Tuesday from cancer, aged 65:

Eddie Van Halen — the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen — has died after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and Alex, Eddie’s brother and drummer.

Normally an obit like this wouldn’t belong on a baseball site, but those of you who were Cubs fans in 1984 will well remember Van Halen’s “Jump,” one of his band’s most famous songs (with David Lee Roth’s vocals), which was used as WGN-TV’s introductory music on game broadcasts that year:

The song was also played when the Cubs came on the field at Wrigley — one of the first times rock music had been used for a Cubs team intro.

One of that year’s best-known Cubs remembered it too:

Rick Sutcliffe is right. It was “so cool!” The 1984 season, despite the way it ended, still carries a lot of great memories for me, and you too, if you were there back then. The song was a big part of those memories.

Rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and many fans.