UPDATE: Pasadena City College has acknowledged the passing of Eddie Van Halen with a heartfelt social media message:
While Eddie Van Halen is a rich and famous musician who revolutionized the way the world plays guitar, once upon a time he was just another hopeful, slugging it out at junior college and chasing his rock and roll dreams.
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Pasadena City College, where Van Halen was once a student, has commemorated the guitarist with a banner seen flying on the school's campus. Citing his 13 platinum and pair of diamond (more than 10 million sold) releases, the banner also calls out EVH's 2007 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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"When I was in junior college at Pasadena City, I took scoring and arranging class with a Dr. Fischer," Van Halen told Guitar World in 2012. "Frank Zappa had also been his student. Dr. Fischer was very avant-garde and the one thing he taught me was f--- the rules. If it sounds good, it is good."
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