Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has shared a personal tragedy with fans.
Anthony has posted a Facebook message announcing the death of his two-week-old grandson Rex due to a heart disorder. Anthony wrote on his Mad Anthony's Cafe page that, "I recently lost my grandson Rex after turning just two weeks and one day old. We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the short time on earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish."
Anthony announced that he will participate in the Walk L.A. fundraiser for Children's Hospital during June, leading a team called Rex and the Heartbreakers "to give back a little to the hospital that did so much for my grandson and other children that come here."
Anthony will be touring with Sammy Hagar's band The Circle this year, which has several shows booked during June.
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