Eddie Van Halen’s widow has spoken out following the 65-year-old rocker’s tragic death to throat cancer Tuesday.
Janie Liszewski posted a moving Instagram tribute to her late husband and Van Halen guitarist Wednesday: “My heart and soul have been shattered into a million pieces,” she wrote. “I never knew it was possible to cry so many tears or feel such incredible sadness.
“Our journey together has not always been an easy one but in the end and always we have a connection and love that will always be. Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I have ever had to do so instead I say so long, I will see you again soon in a place with no pain or sorrow.”
Liszewski, a stuntwoman turned publicist, married Van Halen in 2009. Her heartfelt note comes amid an outpouring of online support following her husband’s untimely passing.
One of the tributes was posted by his ex-wife, 60-year-old Valerie Bertinelli, who was married to the “Runnin’ With the Devil” rocker from 1981 to 2007. She shared a family photo on Instagram, captioned “40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you.”
Van Halen bandmates David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar — who replaced singer Lee Roth in Van Halen in 1985 — also took to Twitter to celebrate their late colleague’s legendary life and career.
Tributes poured in from other rock legends as well, including from Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The rock ‘n’ roll world wasn’t the only one heartbroken over the loss of the iconic songwriter and guitarist. Patton Oswalt, Piers Morgan, Dane Cook, Jimmy Kimmel, designer Kenneth Cole and many more offered their condolences.