The late legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen had sturdy ties to Michigan proper as much as his dying. 

For one factor, his first spouse, TV star Valerie Bertinelli, grew up in Clarkston. Van Halen’s former brother-in-law, David Bertinelli, has lived in Charlevoix for years. Simply final fall, Van Halen donated one among his autographed guitars to Bertinelli’s son’s college fundraiser in Charlevoix.

So Oct. 6 — the day Van Halen died — is seared into David Bertinelli’s soul. When he talks about it, all he can say is, “I was glad I used to be sitting down. It was within the afternoon. I am going to always remember it.”

Van Halen was 65 when he died of most cancers. David Bertinelli had stayed near Van Halen over the many years and knew his former brother-in-law was sick, however he did not anticipate the dying.

A vintage photo taken by Eddie Van Halen's brother-in-law in 1986. The band had just returned from their tour and several of their road cases had been stacked up in the game room next to 5150 studios. Ed agreed to pose for a couple shots there and this is one of a series from that afternoon.

“It knocked me over. It hit me so laborious,” Bertinelli mentioned. “Ed was very all the way down to earth. I didn’t take a look at him as a rock star brother-in-law. He was a part of our household. Even after he and Val divorced — they went by means of some ups and downs — however they at all times remained shut and so they raised a beautiful son.”

Van Halen’s namesake band had a string of hits beginning within the late Seventies by means of the Nineties corresponding to “Operating with the Satan,” “Panama,” “Unchained,” and the band’s solely U.S. No. 1 single, “Leap.”


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