Valerie Bertinelli, son slams Eddie Van Halen’s ‘autopsy’ doctor: ‘disgusting’

Valerie Bertinelli and her son Wolfgang Van Halen are both featured in the upcoming documentary series “Autopsy: . . .”

The show will discuss the death of Wolfgang’s father and Bettinelli’s ex-husband Eddie Van Halen. The legendary Van Halen guitarist died of cancer in October 2020 at the age of 65.

The 62-year-old “One Day at a Time” star and her 31-year-old Grammy-nominated son slammed the network for wanting to air the episode this Sunday.

in a explicit tweetWolfgang wrote: “F–k @ReelzChannel. F–k everyone who works on this show, if you watch f-k you.

He continued: “F-King is disgusting trying to glorify someone dying of cancer. Pathetic and ruthless.” Under his tweet, Bertinelli Reply“Gosh, this is disgusting.” Bertinelli and Eddie were married from 1981 to 2007.

Reelz released a statement Thursday that, while not naming Eddie Van Halen specifically, hinted at the controversy in a roundabout way.

“‘The Autopsy: The Last Hours . . . ‘ to responsibly explore the circumstances of the death of a well-known and truly beloved celebrity of which the public is very concerned,” the statement began.

Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli (illustrated) are calling out an episode of the Reelz documentary series “Autopsy: . . . ” on the death of Eddie Van Halen.
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“The REELZ series has had a lot of feedback from our audience, including medical professionals who praised its scientific accuracy, fans who told us it provided closure or that they were becoming more proactive for their health, and many who responded to health issues People with helpful perspectives might not otherwise get noticed,” they continued.

In supporting his defense, Reelz cited the deaths of some celebrities with major health problems, including “Karen Carpenter, who brought anorexia to the Lyns and Luke Perry, who has refocused on stroke, affect people of all ages.”

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on September 25, 2015 in Woodland, Texas. For editorial use only.  (Photo by Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto) (NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Eddie Van Halen died of throat cancer in October 2020 at the age of 65.
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According to the official episode synopsis, the show features renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunt analyzing “every detail” [Van Halen’s] To piece together what else might be going on in his body, culminating in his untimely death. ”

“If early detection of Eddie’s disease has a reasonable survival rate, what exactly is going on?” the description asks.

Fans also nearly shook their heads on the show, tweeting their disgust and contempt for the upcoming episode.

“I refuse to watch. There is no substance to any programming. Ads are sold just to incite negativity,” one person wrote. “Hard Pass.”

“If you were a little decent, you would cancel the show, please let EVH rest in peace, it’s all private to his family and shouldn’t be shown publicly,” another chime in.


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