The death of rocker Eddie Van Halen, who died of cancer in October 2020, is the subject of Sunday’s episode of Autopsy: The Last Hours of… on Reelz, and his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, and his ex-wife, Valérie Bertinelli, have already spoken out against it.
So on Thursday, Reelz, the network behind the docuseries airing in the United States since 2016, with previous episodes focusing on celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gilda Radner, Robin Williams, Heath Ledger and Brittany Murphy, has issued a statement:
“Autopsy: The Last Hours of… responsibly explores the circumstances of the deaths of well-known and genuinely beloved celebrities about whom the public cares deeply. The REELZ series generates a lot of comments from our viewers, ranging from medical professionals praising its scientific accuracy, fans telling us it shuts down, or that they’ve become more proactive for the benefit of their health. and many who gain useful perspective on health issues that might not otherwise receive attention like Karen Carpenter who brought anorexia into public consciousness, Prince whose death brought attention to the opioid epidemic and Luke Perry whose passing has renewed attention to strokes that affect people of all ages.”
Wolfgang had slammed the show on Wednesday in a tweet.
“F*** Reelz Channel, f*** everyone who works on this show, and fuck you if you watch it. Disgusting fucking trying to glorify someone’s death from cancer. Pathetic and heartless.”
Bertinelli – Wolfgang’s mother and Eddie’s ex-wife, who remained close to him after their separation – replied to her son’s tweet, “My God, this is disgusting.”
According to Reelz’s official description, the long-running show examines the deaths of “global icons and people whose untimely deaths were shrouded in scandal and intense media attention.” It uses evidence from autopsies and interviews with friends and family members, in a bid to “finally put an end to speculation”.
A preview of the Van Halen episode features the show’s star, medical examiner Dr. Michael Hunter, explaining that alcohol abuse, which Van Halen had struggled with, is one of the biggest contributing factors. risk of developing head and neck cancer. The eldest Van Halen first underwent treatment for tongue cancer in 2000. Wolfgang had told Howard Stern a month after his father’s death that the cancer eventually came back and spread.
Young Van Halen, 31, was so close to his father that he joined the family group in 2007. He has been open about his grief from the start. “I love you and miss you so much it hurts me,” he said. wrote to his father Eddie’s first birthday after his death. “I don’t even know how to put it into words.”