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Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar discovers he’s not actually a Hagar on “Finding Your Roots”

Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar discovers he’s not actually a Hagar on “Finding Your Roots”

[ad_1] Van Halen rocker Sammy Hagar is the latest celebrity to uncover the hidden secrets attached to his family lineage. And what he found was that his name, his very identity, has been a lie that spans generations. On Tuesday’s “Finding Your Roots,” the musician first discusses the complicated nature of his childhood with host Henry Louis Gates, Jr., growing up in an abusive household because his father was an alcoholic. Through the show’s extensive research, Gates reveals that Hagar’s maternal great-grandfather Giacomo Alessi was a fruit dealer in New York. Yet it turns out that fruit dealing is more dangerous than anyone may have expected. In 1899, Joseph Alessi was involved in a shoot-out with a man over $13. The man died from the shooting, and Alessi was imprisoned for 12 years. “They’re mobsters!” Hagar said of the reveal. Gates agreed, saying the Alessi family were “mobsters of a sort.” While that mobster revelation was a shock for Hagar, the biggest reveal was yet to come. It turns out that the musician’s lineage contained one very important deception. …