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Legendary Guitarist Eddie Van Halen Has Died (1955-2020)

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We are absolutely devastated to help broadcast the news about the legendary and oh so influential guitarist Eddie Van Halen passing away. The musician sadly lost his long battle with throat cancer and has left us at age 65. A statement from his son Wolfgang is below the photo.

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

Wolf Van Halen’s Statement:
“I can’t believe I’m having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning. He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every moment I’ve shared with hi on and off stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I’ll ever fully recover from this loss. I love you so much, Pop.

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Van Halen by Ken Pierce (2012)

*** end of statement ***

When I think back to where I first heard the music of Van Halen, I think that I was sitting on the porch of one of my friends houses. One of our number had a radio playing the local Rock station which would have been either WNEW or WPLJ at the time and they were playing this brand-new band called Van Halen and their cover of “You Really Got Me” which was originally done by The Kinks. The photos presented in this memorial toast hail from a Van Halen concert we attended and discussed HERE while the guitar photo comes from an exhibit at The Met that we went to last year and shared the findings on our Official Instagram.

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Official Artist Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Van_Halen

Actor Chadwick Boseman (Marvel’s Black Panther) Has Died (1976-2020)

This announcement comes as a complete and utter shock to me and I am sure so many of you readers as well; Sadly, actor Chadwick Boseman who many know from his amazing portrayal of Black Panther for Marvel Studios has died from cancer. His family statement is below the photo by Sam Jones. Read on.

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Chadwick Boseman by Sam Jones

The Statement:
It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣
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Fleetwood Mac Co-Founding Guitarist Peter Green Has Died (1946-2020)

I’m saddened to continue our Saturday afternoon reporting with the news that Peter Green, legendary co-founder of the band Fleetwood Mac, has passed away. He was 73 years of age and a brief statement from his family is below.

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Family Statement:
“It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.”

* end of statement *

Speaking personally, my musical education on the works of Peter Green are very limited and quite honestly I know two of his most noted works from the bands that covered them and practically made them their own songs. I am speaking of “Black Magic Woman” which was done by Santana and “Green Manalishi” that was covered by the mighty Judas Priest. These are magnificent tunes and ones that should be rallied behind time and time again. In 1967 I can’t claim to listening to much Fleetwood Mac or any music unless it was a lullabye since I was two years old. I would get my education on the band from the “Rumors” album that my father owned and played as much as I played my KISS records. True story.
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Marvel Comics Legend Joe Sinnott Passes Away (1926-2020)

The PiercingMetal Media Command HQ is sad to share the news about the passing of the legendary Inker Joltin’ Joe Sinnott. A statement from his family is below for your perusal.

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The Statement:
It with great sorrow that we must announce the passing of Joltin’ Joe Sinnott on June 25th at 8:40am at the age of 93. He went peacefully with the knowledge that his family, friends, and fans adored him. He enjoyed life and was drawing up until the end. He always loved hearing from all of you and having your comments read to him. Each and every one of you were special to him. The Sinnott family requests their privacy and understanding during this difficult time. Please send condolences to:
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Comic Book Legend Dennis “Denny” O’Neill Has Died (1939-2020)

Greetings my comic book loving Legions, it’s time to bow our heads once more as the news about the legendary scribe Dennis “Denny” O’Neill passing away is making the rounds. An official statement from DC Comics is presented beneath the photo and then I will offer up some personal insight. Mr. O’Neill was 81 years old.

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From DC Comics:
DC is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend and industry legend, Dennis “Denny” O’Neil.

Denny began his professional career as a reporter in Missouri, and it was a series of articles he wrote in the mid-1960s about the comic book industry that caught the attention of Marvel editor Roy Thomas. Denny soon started writing for comics, and in 1968 he contributed his first stories to DC. Denny quickly became one of the company’s most influential contributors, writing six or seven stories a month.

His breakthrough came in 1970 when he and artist Neal Adams started working on Batman. The pair forged a grittier version of Batman, returning the character back to his earliest days as the ominous Dark Knight of Gotham City.
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