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as ru­mours swirl that Eddie

Van Halen is very ill and suf­fer­ing from an un­con­firmed ill­ness, those close to him have re­cently made it a point to visit him, for what they fear may be the last time.

Sources tell Fame, Van Halen has got­ten some vis­its from his ex-wife Valerie bertinelli — who split with the 64-year old rocker in 2002 af­ter 21 years of mar­riage.

Sources say she jumped at the chance to see if there was some­thing she could do to make his days any eas­ier. “She’s just that type of warm, lov­ing and com­pas­sion­ate per­son,” the source said about bertinelli, who wed fi­nan­cial plan­ner tom Vi­tale in 2011.

“When she and eddie were to­gether, she was al­ways clean­ing him up, straight­en­ing his tie or help­ing him comb his hair ... eddie needs that now.”

though for­mer front­man david Lee roth re­cently claimed in a ra­dio in­ter­view that Van Halen was near death — pos­si­bly bat­tling a re­turn of the tongue can­cer that al­most killed him in 2000 — he was re­cently spot­ted at a Hol­ly­wood bar with very short hair and wear­ing sun­glasses.

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