The music world and fans alike gasped when they first got word about the death of legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen in October 2020.
Now, less than two years after his passing from cancer, Reelz Channel is set premiere its documentary episode, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Eddie Van Halen.
But ahead of its airing on Sunday, June 5, the late rocker’s son Wolfgang Van Halen and his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli are slamming the show, and are urging people not to watch it.
Not having it: Wolfgang Van Halen and his mother Valerie Bertinelli blasted Reelz for its upcoming documentary episode, Autopsy: The Last Hours Of Eddie Van Halen
Wolfgang did not mince words when he took to Twitter to share his anger and disgust over the show, and for anyone who watches the program.
‘F**k @ReelzChannel, f**k everyone that works on this show, and f**k you if you watch it,’ the musician, 31, tweeted out on Wednesday, which comes four days before its supposed to air.
The former Van Halen bassist added, ‘F***ing disgusting trying to glamorize someone’s death from cancer. Pathetic and heartless.’
Emotional: Wolfgang used one particular four-letter curse word when he blasted Reelz for wanting to ‘glamorize someone’s death from cancer’
Taking a stance: Bertinelli, who was married to Eddie Van Halen from 1981 until 2007, supported to her son’s tweet, writing, ‘Good Christ this is disgusting’
Bertinelli, who was married to the iconic Van Halen guitarist from 1981 until 2007, responded to her son’s tweet, writing, ‘Good Christ this is disgusting.’
On Wednesday, Reelz released a sneak peak at the upcoming episode, which typically reconstructs each of its subject’s final hours using medical evidence from the actual autopsies to explain how and why they died.
Van Halen was 65 when he died after battling throat cancer for several years.
His death certificate, which has been obtained by TMZ, cited his immediate cause of death as a cerebrovascular accident, or a stroke. He also had several underlying causes, including pneumonia, the bone marrow disorder myelodysplastic syndrome and lung cancer.
The certificate also listed a number of ‘other significant conditions’, including skin cancer on his head and neck and an irregular heart rate.
Brave fight: Van Halen was 65 when he died after battling throat cancer for several years
Celebrity couple; Bertinelli, who was a big TV actress starting in the 1970s, was married to the iconic Van Halen guitarist from 1981 until 2007; they are seen in 1987
Eddie Van Halen co-founded the California rock band, Van Halen, with his brother Alex Van Halen.
The band, with David Lee Roth on vocals and bassist Michael Anthony on bass, went on to become one of the huge recording and touring rock bands of the late 1970 and 80s with songs like Unchained, Jump, Ain’t Talkin’ bout Love, Hot For Teacher and Running with The Devil.
Sammy Hagar would take over on vocals from 1985 until 1996, only to be eventually replaced by Roth.
Wolfgang would take over on bass for Anthony in 2006, which would last all the way until his father’s death in 2020.
Eddie Van Halen is widely regarded as one of the greatest and innovative guitar players in the history of rock and roll.
Rock stardom: Van Halen, with David Lee Roth on vocals and Michael Anthony on bass and Alex Van Halen on drums, became one of rock’s giant band’ in the late 1970s and into the 80s.