Jeff Beck, the rock guitarist unexpectedly developed bacterial meningitis on Tuesday and died as a result.
Jeff Beck, a renowned rock guitarist best known for his work with The Yardbirds, has passed away at age 78.
The musician’s family shared the news of Jeff Beck’s demise on Twitter with the following statement: “It is with deep and profound regret that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing.
“He quietly died away yesterday after developing bacterial meningitis at an unexpected time.
His family requests privacy as they deal with this enormous loss”.
The British rocker just wrapped off his tour in support of his most recent album, 18—which he co-wrote with Johnny Depp.
‘Tony Iommi, the guitarist for Black Sabbath, commented on Twitter, “Jeff was such a kind person and an excellent iconic, brilliant guitar player – there will never be another Jeff Beck.
While Rod Stewart, another member of the Jeff Beck Group, simply referred to him as “the best,” Ronnie Wood, who performed with Beck in that band, remarked that he felt like one of his “band of brothers” had passed away.
Gene Simmons, the bassist for the rock band KISS, said that “no one performed like Jeff” as a tribute to the musician. KISS vocalist Paul Stanley also paid respect to the musician.
Following his departure from The Yardbirds, Beck launched a solo career that combined hard rock, jazz, blues, and even opera. Beck originally gained notoriety as a member of The Yardbirds.
He was renowned for his improvisational skills, love of harmonics, and the whammy bar on his Fender Stratocaster, which was his preferred guitar.
Over the course of a six-decade career, Beck received eight Grammy Awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (first with The Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a solo artist in 2009), and earned eight Grammy Awards.
He shared the stage with a wide range of vocalists, including Macy Gray, Chrissie Hynde, Imelda May, Rod Stewart, Luciano Pavarotti, and Cyndi Lauper.
Jimi Hendrix’s pal and fellow guitar superstar played with him on multiple occasions.
In 2010, Joe Perry of Aerosmith referred to him as the “best guitar player on the globe,” and Rolling Stone magazine listed him as the fifth greatest guitarist of all time.
He was born in Surrey in 1944 to a mother who worked in a chocolate factory and a father who was an accountant. Before joining the Yardbirds in 1965 as Eric Clapton’s replacement and eventually making way for Jimmy Page, Beck played in a variety of ensembles.
The band released the singles’ Heart Full of Soul, I’m a Man, and Shapes of Things when Beck was a member.
Sandra Beck, his wife of 17 years, is left behind.