TMZ.com has posted a copy of the actual eight-page divorce petition filed by actress Valerie Bertinelli in connection with her 24-year union with legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen. The papers, filed on Tuesday (Dec. 6) in Los Angeles County Superior Court, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. Download the document at this location (.PDF file, 2 MB).
The couple wed on April 11, 1981, and have one son, 14-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen. According to the petition, they separated on Oct. 15, 2001.
According to The Associated Press, Bertinelli shot to fame as the sexy 15-year-old daughter of Bonnie Franklin on the hit television show "One Day at a Time", which aired from 1975 to 1984. She rejoined Franklin and Mackenzie Phillips, who played her sister, for a reunion show earlier this year. She was also a regular on television's "Touched by an Angel" from 2001 to 2003.
Van Halen, 50, is one of the most celebrated lead guitarists in rock music. He rose to fame in the late 1970s, along with his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony as members of VAN HALEN.
The group was known for wild excess both on and offstage in its early years, and Van Halen, once a heavy smoker, was treated for cancer in 2000 and 2001.