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Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli speak out against ‘pathetic and heartless’ documentary on the death of Eddie Van Halen

Wolfgang Van Halen is speaking out against an upcoming TV documentary special about the death of his father, Eddie Van Halen, calling it “pathetic and heartless.”  The 31-year-old Van Halen tweeted“F**k Reelz Channel, f**k everyone that works on this show, and f**k you if you watch it. F**king disgusting trying to glamorize someone’s death from cancer.”  Under her Twitter name @Wolfiesmom, Valerie Bertinelli, Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife and Wolfgang’s mom, responded to his tweet, saying: “Good Christ this is disgusting.”

Wolfgang’s tweet was in response to a Blabbermouth tweet publicizing the June 5 premiere of “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Eddie Van Halen,” an episode of the ongoing series “Autopsy: The Last Hours of…”  An official description of the show promises: “If caught early Eddie’s disease had reasonable survival rates, so what exactly happened? Now renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter will analyze every detail of his life in order to piece together what else may have been going on in his body, ultimately leading to his untimely death.” 

Wolfgang played bass in Van Halen beginning in 2006. Eddie Van Halen died in October 2020 at age 65.  Wolfgang Van Halen released his first solo album in 2021 under the name “Mammoth WVH,” which included the song “Distance,” a tribute to his late father which was also nominated for a 2022 Grammy for best rock song.

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