Kiss icon Jean Simmons was emotional as she paid tribute to her late friend Eddie Van Hollen in the UK on Good Morning on Wednesday.
The 71-year-old musician admitted he was ‘devastated’ when he heard the news that Rocker had died at the age of 65 on Tuesday following a battle with throat cancer.
Jean wore a hat and protected her eyes with a pair of sunglasses because she said she would ‘wipe her eyes’ if she didn’t hide during the interview.
‘I was devastated’: Kiss icon Jean Simmons was emotional on Wednesday after paying tribute to friend Eddie Van Hollen, and admitted he would ‘wipe his eyes’ if he didn’t wear sunglasses.
Jean said of Pierce Morgan, who showed a clip when he interviewed Eddie in the past: ‘Look today you and Eddie show videos, it’s wonderful, interesting, and I’re talking about how it helped me record their first album but I was at the beginning.
‘But, this is not about us, unfortunately the good ones die at a young age, so I am doomed.’
He spoke about his attire for the interview: ‘People may say it’s part of the rocker face wearing this hat, but if I take it off, I’ll wipe my eyes and I’m doomed.
‘There are a lot of good people in the world, and they still have to be here.’
Tragedy: The 71-year-old musician has admitted to being ‘devastated’ after hearing the news of Rocker’s death at the age of 65 on Tuesday, following a battle with throat cancer.
Emotion: Speaking of his attire for the interview, he continued: ‘People may say it’s part of the rocker face wearing this hat, but if I take it off, I’ll wipe my eyes’
Paying an emotional tribute to Eddie, he added: ‘You will meet a beautiful soul from time to time, I have not spoken to you truthfully, I could not sign in Eddie’s shoes.
‘I have fallen prey to ego and fame and everything like that, I have never seen Eddie fall into it and self-multiply. It’s about his music … not since Hendrix, Eddie changed the world.
‘Eddie von Hollen didn’t say a bad thing about anything … When he heard the sad news, at first I thought it was his smile, which may seem strange.’
Tribute: ‘There are a lot of good people in the world, they still have to be here,’ Jean said
Tears: Jean continued, ‘Sadly good young people are dead, so I was devastated’
Jean continued about Eddie’s talent as a musician: ‘He played passionately and learned for himself, Eddie saw this event as self-taught.
‘I was in the beginning and saw an event called Eddie. It was exciting, and that’s it … sorry I’m so stuck here … man’s best friend is a dog, but Eddie’s best relationship with the guitar. ‘
Eddie died at St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California with his wife Johnny, his son Wolfgang and his next brother and drummer Alex, DMJet reported.
“I could not believe I was writing this, but my father, Edward Lodwiz van Hollen, lost his long and hard battle with cancer this morning,” Wolfgang said in a tweet.
Struggle: Paying an emotional tribute to Yeti, he added: ‘You will meet a beautiful soul from time to time, I have not spoken your truth, I could not sign on Yeti’s shoes’.
Tragic loss: Musician Eddie dies on Tuesday at the age of 65 (pictured April 2017 and right in 1984 at Madison Square Garden in New York)
He added: ‘He is the best father I can hear. Every moment I shared with him on and off stage was a gift …. my heart was broken and I never thought I would fully recover from this loss. ‘
Yeti, who has not actually learned to read music, has had a sudden health decline in the last 72 hours, according to TMJet.
His throat cancer is said to have spread to his brain and other parts of his body, it added, and the site said he had been ‘out of the hospital for the past one year’.
Veteran rocker Eddie was diagnosed with cancer nearly 20 years ago and traveled between the United States and Germany for treatment.
Family: ‘I could not believe I had to write this, but my father, Edward Lodwiz van Hollen, lost his long and difficult battle with cancer this morning,’ said his son, Wolfgang van Hollen.