Valerie Bertinelli, 60, shared some of her favorite photos of herself and the late guitar legend on her Instagram stories.
The One Day At A Time star posted the throwback photos, including photos from the first time she ever met Eddie.
Valerie didn’t have much to say about the photos and only had simple captions.
Another photo showed the two met at a concert in Shreveport, Louisiana, on August 28, 1980, which came after Van Halen had released its first three classic albums.
Valerie’s final photo in her Instagram stories was taken more than a decade later and on the East Coast, showing her and Eddie with their son Wolfgang Van Halen, now 29, as they went for a ride on a carousel.
Wolfgang, who announced his father’s death, would go on to take up the bass and became the regular bass player for the band in 2006, replacing its longtime bassist Michael Anthony.
On Tuesday, Valerie shared another adorable throwback photo of herself and Eddie as they posed with baby Wolfgang.
“40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang,’’ she wrote. “Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments”
“I will see you in our next life, my love,” she concluded.
Valerie and Eddie were married in April 1981, and she gave birth to Wolfgang in March 1991.
The couple was separated in 2001, though it wasn’t until 2005 that Valerie filed for a divorce, which was finalized in 2007.
Valerie later wrote that she filed for divorce over Eddie’s ongoing addiction to cocaine and his unwillingness to stop smoking cigarettes after he had already had to have part of his tongue removed due to oral cancer.
Eddie would later marry Janie Liszewski in 2009, but he and Valerie remained good friends for the rest of his life, with attending his second wedding and him attending her wedding to Tom Vitale in 2011.