The famous English guitarist Jeff Beck , who rose to fame with The Yard Birds before embarking on his solo career, has died at the age of 78, according to what his family announced on social media yesterday, Wednesday.
On Tuesday, his family reported that he passed away peacefully after unexpectedly contracting meningitis.
Jeff Beck has distinguished himself as an exceptionally talented musician by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – first for his work with The Yard Birds in 1992, then again for his solo career in 2009. His prodigious skills were affirmed when Rolling Stone Magazine crowned him the fifth best guitarist ever, even surpassing Blues titan B.B. King!
On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss. pic.twitter.com/4dvt5aGzlv— Jeff Beck (@jeffbeckmusic) January 11, 2023
In 2022, Beck unveiled his newest album “18”, which featured 13 tracks comprised mostly of archival recordings with Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
Beck said at the time: “We carefully prepared songs that we just love. We did not put a specific design for them.”
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi mourned Jeff Beck, via Twitter, saying he was “shocked” by the news of his death.
“Jeff was such a sweet guy and an outstanding guitarist – no one else will come along like Jeff Beck,” he wrote. “His playing was so special and amazing! We will miss him.”
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who is also an ex-Yard Birds member, said Beck’s style was unique and his imagination had no limits.
He added, “The talented six-stringed warrior has left us behind to experience his music’s enchanting power over our dreary emotions. Jeff could produce a masterpiece out of nothing… Jeff, you and your devoted supporters will be sorely missed.”