A Superstar Dies: A Cautionary Tale

Posted on October 7, 2020


By David Ettinger

Fame and Success Worthless
On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, rock music superstar and “guitar god” Eddie Van Halen died after a long bout with throat cancer. He was 65.

Van Halen was the leader of the band which bore his last name since the early 1970s. Van Halen, the band, was among the most successful in history (as measured by record sales), and Eddie himself was considered one of the greatest rock guitarists who ever lived. He was worth around $100 million at his death.

Yet, after the cancer migrated from his throat to his brain, Eddie Van Halen didn’t stand a chance. None of his mega-fame, mega-riches, or mega-talent could save him. This is because, as all human beings, “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1).

Furthermore, Psalm 103:15 reminds us: “As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.” And to those who worship man, Isaiah 2:22 says: “Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed?”

And here is one more somber reminder from the Creator of the Universe, this one courtesy of Hebrews 9:27: “… it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”

Yes, all human beings will face Almighty God following this life. We either come to Him bearing eternal guilt or having received the gift of eternal forgiveness. John 3:36 tells us: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

Indeed, the deaths of famous people should always serve as cautionary tales to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Following death in this life, our eternal souls go to one of two places: Heaven, if we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into our lives; and Hell, if we have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope Eddie Van Halen knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. To his millions of fans, he was a legend. Legends, however, fall because they are but dust, and must go on to meet Almighty God.

We all will.

Do you know the Savior?