We’ve got some sad news to report from former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. The rocker is mourning the loss of his infant grandson, Rex, who passed away at just 2 weeks old.

Anthony’s loss is one of the most devastating imaginable. The legendary bassist, a father of two daughters, lost his grandson to a fatal heart problem, which Rex battled from birth. In tribute, Michael Anthony will be taking part in Walk L.A., a charity walk to benefit Children’s Hospital L.A. His fundraising team is lovingly named Rex and the Heart Beaters.

Anthony and his family are hoping to raise $5,000 in donations to benefit Children’s Hospital L.A., already reaching over $3,000 as of this posting. Anthony’s family writes:

Rex Becerra (Son of Elisha & Billy Becerra) was born March 20, 2017 but was quickly diagnosed with Heart Disease, within 9 hours of birth he was transported to two hospitals and ultimately landed at Children's Hospital LA where he underwent open heart surgery. The surgery was successful, however, Rex's heart was to weak to overcome the recovery. After watching him decline to a condition we understood he could not return, we decided to hold him in our arms while life support (ecmo) was removed and he peacefully went to join the angels in heaven.
We are tremendously proud of Rex. In the short time on earth he left a lasting impression that our family will cherish. We really appreciate The outstanding support from friends and family and the incredible staff at Children's Hospital who did everything possible to save Rex's life.
Children's Hospital is non for profit and often comes to the rescue for children when other hospitals run out of medical options for their care including Rex.
Walk LA is the walk that supports the only hospital solely dedicated to the health of children in Los Angeles.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
• Donate to our Page to help me reach my fundraising goal.
• Join the Walk and create your own fundraising page for Walk L.A.!
I hope you’ll join me at the walk and help support my fundraising efforts with a donation to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many young patients and their families. Any amount, great or small, will be greatly appreciated and will help us create hope and build healthier futures for the families of Southern California and beyond.
Thank you!

Click here to donate to Michael Anthony’s Walk L.A. fundraising page. We would like to offer our condolences and well wishes to Anthony and his family during this difficult time.

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