Sammy Hagar Recalls Eddie Van Halen’s Last Words Before He Died

The former singer of the rock band Van Halen who appeared with them from 1985 to 1996, Sammy Hagar, recalled his former bandmate Eddie Van Halen‘s last words before he died and revealed some emotional phone calls.

Starting his words, Sammy Hagar told on KLOS virtual series “New & Approved” that he met with Eddie Van Halen thanks to the comedian George Lopez. He said that it was great to reach out and hang out with Eddie Van Halen.

Sammy Recalls His Last Met With Eddie

Eddie Van Halen & Sammy Hagar in 1986. (image credit: John Atashian)

“It was just so awesome,” he said. “Because I had reached out to Eddie on his birthday for a couple of years. New Year’s Day I would reach out to Eddie and Al both, and I’d say, ‘Hey, Happy New Year, guys. I hope you’re happy, and I hope this year’s good for you.’ I was really trying to be friends.”

Later, he continued by revealing how he would feel if he was able to play with Eddie Van Hale one more time: “If you said to me today, one last show with Eddie, Alex and Michael,’ one last show, ‘Absolutely.’ That ain’t gonna happen. But at the time, I wasn’t looking to join the band. I like what I’m doing; I’m happy.”

He Says He Upset When He Heard Eddie’s Bad Health Status

Singer Sammy Hagar and guitarist Eddie Van Halen are shown performing on stage during a “live” concert appearance with Van Halen on June 19, 2004. (Photo by John Atashian/Getty Images)

And then, he revealed that he made a phone call with Alex Van Halen and learned Eddie was sick: “I think it was about two years in a row I did that. And then once finally Eddie reached out and said “Thanks, man’ back on my Instagram. ‘Hey, thanks. Doing great,’ or whatever. ‘And a Happy New Year to you.’ And I went, ‘Oh. That was cool.’ But then I reached out to Alex. I heard [he] was sick, and I knew he was sick. But I started hearing bad things. So I reached out to Alex. He did not get back [to me]. I reached out to Matt, his right-hand man. No. I reached out even to Irving Azoff, and, ‘Give Al a call.’ So I said, ‘I don’t wanna bug Eddie. I don’t wanna call Eddie and have him tell me, ‘Fuck you, you asshole.’ I’d go, ‘Oh, no. Not this again.'”

Sammy Reveals Last Words of Eddie Van Halen

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After all, Sammy Hagar got a phone call from George Lopez and reached out to Eddie: “So I wanted to talk with someone else first and see how he was doing and if he would be cool with me calling. Nobody’s calling me. Nobody’s calling me back. Nobody’s responded to my e-mails, no response to my texts. So, George Lopez calls me, and he’s a dear friend too. And he goes, ‘Sam, you’ve gotta call Eddie,’ and blah blah blah. I said, ‘I tried to reach him.’ [He says], ‘Here’s his number. I just talked to him. He loves you, man. He loves you.’ And I said, ‘Wow. Okay.'”

Concluding his words, Hagar revealed the last conversation he made with Eddie Van Halen and made fans sad: “I call him, and he’s going, ‘What took you so long?’ I’m going, ‘Well, I called Al. I called this guy. I called that [guy].’ And he goes, ‘Well, you didn’t call me.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m calling you now.’ And we just burst out laughing. And we just had a real nice relationship for probably four or five months, and then, all of a sudden, he wasn’t returning the texts and he wasn’t returning my calls and I wasn’t getting no response for about a month. It was heartbreaking, ’cause I knew. And then one time I said, ‘Hey, dude. What the fuck? You didn’t give me no love.’ And he goes, ‘Man, I’ve been in the hospital.’ And I’m, like, ‘Oh, fuck.’ And then that was the last I heard him.”

Eddie Van Halen’s Passing

Eddie Van Halen, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest musicians in the rock community, has passed away on October 6, 2020, at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, alongside his family. He was 65 years old and died due to cancer.

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