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Eddie Van Halen Has Been Undergoing Treatment for Throat Cancer

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Van Halen has reportedly been seeking treatment for throat cancer in Germany for the last five years, Consequence of Sound reports. The guitarist was diagnosed with tongue cancer 20 years ago, and underwent surgery in 2000 where part of his tongue was removed. He was declared cancer-free in 2002. Despite being a smoker, Van Halen blamed the diagnosis on metal guitar picks that he kept in his mouth while he performed. TMZ reports that the recent radiation treatment for throat cancer that has kept "the “disease in check." Van Halen has not technically broken up, but rumors of a 2019 World Tour with the original '70s lineup have been scuttled. Singer David Lee Roth recently was quoted as saying that the band is finished. “I’ve inherited the band de facto — whatever that means. … Van Halen isn’t gonna be coming back in the fashion that you know. And that being said, Eddie’s got his own story to tell. [It’s] not mine to tell it,” Roth said.