Eddie Van Halen, who The Los Angeles Times aptly memorialized as “the all-American guitar hero,” passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, of throat cancer. TMZ reports that when the rock and roll legend passed over, his wife of 11 years, Janie Liszewski, was by his side.
Van Halen, whose father was an alcoholic, started smoking at just 12 years of age. His first marriage, to actress, Valerie Bertinelli, unraveled in 2001. It broke, in no large part, under the weight of Van Halen’s drug and alcohol addiction. Right around the time that Van Halen proposed to Janie in 2008 (in Hawaii, where else?), Van Halen gave up drugs and alcohol for good. “They are devoted to each other and to experiencing life in a whole new, positive and passionate way,” a source told People at the time. When they tied the knot in 2009, People reported that (in addition to mini hamburgers, corn dogs, ring pops, candy necklaces, and custom printed M&M’s) the happy couple treated guests to a nonalcoholic lemonade bar. They toasted each other, and Van Halen’s new-found sobriety, to French sparkling apple cider and sparkling pear juice.
Janie Liszewski worked as Van Halen's publicist
Janie Liszewski has yet to comment on her husband’s death at time of writing. In spite of three, separate Instagram accounts, she’s kept notoriously closed-mouthed about her private life. “Breaking News,” she admonished fans in one post, “@eddievanhalen is my husband & our relationship and life together is PRIVATE.”
Early in their relationship, Liszewski shifted career tracks. In 2007, she stopped working PR for the adult film industry. Instead, she shifted to exclusively representing her future husband’s band (via Van Halen News Desk). “Obviously this is a dream come true in many capacities,” Liszewski purportedly said at the time. According to her Instagram alter-ego, Dancing Queen Lita Lamae, about a year ago, Liszewski shifted career paths, again. This time, she started working as a Pro Wrestling Manager for her ballroom dancing partner (yes, she’s a competitive ballroom dancer, too), who goes by the Instagram handle, “King of the Floor” Louie 54. She describes the job as “an adventure unlike any other.”
What else does Liszewski enjoy doing? Her social media accounts are full of DJ duties, morning hikes, and her Pomeranian puppy. She clearly loves Pomeranians. Per People, when she wed Van Halen in 2009, her 15-year-old Pomeranian, Kano, walked her down the aisle.
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