Eddie Van Halen's cause of death has been confirmed. A death certificate issued by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health was obtained by TMZ and reveals that a cerebrovascular event (such as a stroke) was the immediate cause of death.
His son, Wolfgang Van Halen, also expressed contempt for TMZ after the news that included information from the death certificate, broke. He called the tabloid outfit "scum" for the apparent violation of privacy.
The legendary Van Halen guitarist died on Oct. 6 earlier this year. In addition to the immediate cause of death listed, other underlying causes included pneumonia, the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome and lung cancer as well as contributing factors of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) of the head and neck and atrial fibrillation, the latter of which causes an irregular heartbeat, increasing the risk of stroke.