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After a number of high-profile falling outs, one-time bandmates Eddie Van Halen and Sammy Hagar made peace earlier this year, according to a note Hager wrote and asked Howard Stern to read on his show.
Van Halen died Tuesday at the age of 65.
Stern shared his love and admiration for Van Halen and said he asked Hagar — a guest numerous times throughout the years — if he wanted to come on now. Hagar responded that he was not ready to talk in person, but he sent a revealing note.
“Eddie and I had been texting, and it’s been a love-fest since we started communicating earlier this year,” Hagar wrote. “We both agreed not to tell anyone, because of all the rumors it would stir up about a reunion, and we both knew that wasn’t gonna happen. But he also didn’t want anyone to know about his health.”
The note continued, “He stopped responding to me a month ago, and I figured it wasn’t good. I reached out one more time last week, and when he didn’t respond, I figured it was a matter of time. But it came way too soon.”
After reading the letter, Stern showed off one of his “most-prized possessions:” a guitar signed to him from Van Halen. “And on it, he wrote, ‘Howard, I don’t care what people say about you, really, or me. All the best. Eddie Van Halen.'”
Upon learning that Van Halen had died, Hager posted a picture of the two of them together on social media.
Watch the full Stern segment below.
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