Valerie Bertinelli, Son Slam ‘Autopsy’ Documentary on Eddie Van Halen: ‘Disgusting’

Valerie Bertinelli and her son Wolfgang Van Halen were both surprised by an upcoming episode of the documentary series Autopsy: The Last Hours of . . .”

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

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

in a (n explicit tweet, Wolfgang wrote: “F – – k @ReelzChannel. F–k everyone working on this show and f–k you for watching it.

He continued: “F–King disgustingly trying to glorify someone’s death from cancer. Pathetic and heartless.” Under his tweet, Bertinelli answered“Gosh, that’s gross.” Bertinelli and Eddie were married from 1981 to 2007.

Reelz released a statement Thursday that, while not specifically naming Eddie Van Halen, indirectly alluded to the controversy.

“‘Autopsy: The Last Hours of . . . ‘ is responsibly investigating the circumstances of the deaths of well-known and sincerely loved celebrities who are very important to the public,” the statement began.

Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli (inset) launch the documentary series REELZ "Autopsy: The Last Hours of... " for a segment of Eddie Van Halen's death.
Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli (inset) call the Reelz documentary series Autopsy: The Last Hours of . . . ‘ for an episode about the death of Eddie Van Halen.
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“The REELZ series generates a lot of feedback from our viewers, including medical professionals praising its scientific rigor, fans telling us it offers closure or that they’ve become more proactive for the sake of their health, and many who feel it’s a helpful Perspective on health issues could otherwise not receive attention,” they continued.

To bolster his defense, Reelz cited the deaths of certain celebs who suffered from serious health issues, including “Karen Carpenter, who brought anorexia to public attention, Prince, whose death brought attention to the opioid epidemic, and Luke Perry, whose… Death drew attention to strokes, which affect people of all ages.”

Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen performs at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on September 25, 2015 in The Woodlands, Texas.  EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  (Photo by Manuel Nauta/NurPhoto) (Photo by 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 an official episode synopsis, the show stars renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter, who “analyses every detail of [Van Halen’s] Live to find out what else might have been going on in his body that ultimately led to his untimely death.”

“When Eddie’s disease was caught early, it had reasonable survival rates, so what exactly happened?” the description asked.

Fans also practically shook their heads at the show, tweeting their disgust and disdain for the upcoming episode.

“I refuse to watch. There is not an ounce of substance in any of this programming. It’s just to sensationalize the negative to sell ads.” a person wrote. “Hard pass.”

“If you have any decency you will cancel this program, please let EVH rest in peace, this is all private to his family and should not be shown publicly,” another interfered.

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