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Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery, band postpones tour until 2013

Posted by Glenn Yoder  August 30, 2012 10:19 AM

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Van Halen lead guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease called diverticulitis, which the band's website called "severe."

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Eddie Van Halen in 2007.
According to the medical encyclopedia by ADAM, "Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon)."

While no further surgeries are needed, the 57-year-old guitarist's recovery is expected to take between four and six months. The group said it is rescheduling a tour of Japan originally set for November and issued a brief statement on its website, saying "the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

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