Eddie Van Halen ‘battling throat cancer’ he thinks was caused by guitar pick

Eddie Van Halen is reportedly battling throat cancer he believes was caused by years of sucking on his metal guitar pick.

The guitarist of rock band Van Halen has been travelling back and forward between the US and Germany for treatment for the last five years, according to reports in the US.

The 64-year-old was a heavy smoker, but thinks his cancer was caused by holding his metal plectrum in his mouth while he was on stage, TMZ reports.

Eddie, who has been hailed as one of the best musicians of his generation, was first diagnosed with cancer in 2000.


He had a third of his tongue removed in 2002 and was given the all clear.

Now, reports say his current treatment is keeping the disease "in check".

Eddie said in 2015 that he believed his guitar pick had something to do with his diagnosis.

Speaking when his band last performed as a group, he said: "I used metal picks – they're brass and copper – which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer.


"Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that's filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory.

"I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything.

"But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible."

Van Halen, best known for their hits Jump and Hot For Teacher, burst onto the music scene with their self-titled debut album in 1978.


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