Eddie Van Halen Reportedly in Treatment for Throat Cancer

The legendary guitarist is reportedly battling throat cancer for the second time.
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Eddie Van Halen performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 16, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

Eddie Van Halen performs at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 16, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

Eddie Van Halen is reportedly battling throat cancer once again.

According to a report from TMZ, Van Halen has been seeking treatment in Germany - perhaps for years - in an effort to “keep the disease in check."

Van Halen was first diagnosed with the disease back in 2000, but was declared cancer-free in 2002 after doctors removed one-third of his tongue. He later said that the initial diagnosis stemmed from his penchant for holding metal picks in his mouth. 

There have been a number of rumors of a Van Halen reunion tour in recent months (the band's last performance was at the Hollywood Bowl in October 2015), but each has been quashed in fairly short order. 

Van Halen himself has yet to confirm reports of a diagnosis or treatment.

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