Michael Anthony Explains Why He Wasn’t In Touch With Eddie Van Halen Until His Death

In an interview with New & Approved, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony talked about his relationship with the late legend Eddie Van Halen and clarified why he didn’t have a chance to reconnect with his former bandmate before his devastating death.

As you may know, Van Halen‘s co-founder and lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away on October 6, 2020, after a long and vicious battle with cancer. Eddie’s son and the youngest member of Van Halen, Wolfgang gave the sad news of his father’s death with a statement he posted on social media platforms.

Recently, the original bassist of Van Halen, Michael Anthony joined an interview and shared the details about his relationship with Eddie Van Halen. He also explained why the old bandmates have never had the chance to resolve their issues. Michael mentioned that having some unresolved issues with Eddie was actually bothering him since they hadn’t spoken for a long time.

During the conversation, Anthony stated that he was in the inner circle that was close to Eddie and he was aware of the fact that Van Halen was sick. However, Michael added that he didn’t know how serious Eddie’s illness was since he wanted to be private about the details of his disease. Apparently, the talented bassist wanted to respect Eddie’s wishes and gave him and his family the space that they needed during the period of his struggle with cancer.

Here is what Michael Anthony stated about his relationship with Eddie Van Halen:

“I actually did not have the chance to do that, and I really feel bad about that. We all, kind of in the inner circle, that were kind of close to him, knew that he was ill, but I didn’t know to what extent. And he was very private about his illness, and so we all kind of respect that. So we really weren’t that much in touch before I found out, with everybody else, that he had passed.”

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