Rock Icon and guitar pioneer Jeff Beck has sadly passed away at the age of 78 after contracting bacterial meningitis.
The rock guitarist broke out in the 1960s, taking over from Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds in 1965 before forming the Jeff Beck Group, where he has long performed as a solo artist.
During his 60-year career, Beck became an eight-time Grammy winner and a double inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received the Ivor Novello award for his outstanding contribution to British music.
Beck’s family posted on social media to confirm the tragic news of his passing.
“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.”
The rock world was quick to respond with tributes and messages remembering the icon. Gene Simmons called the news “heartbreaking,” going on to say, “No one played guitar like Jeff. Please get ahold of the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and behold greatness.
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi also took to social media to say, “I was totally shocked to hear the very sad news of Jeff Beck’s passing. Jeff was such a nice person and an outstanding iconic, genius guitar player – there will never be another Jeff Beck. His playing was very special & distinctively brilliant! He will be missed.”
Jeff Beck gained some recent mainstream attention on his last UK tour after Hollywood actor Johnny Deep played alongside Beck on stage following his court case win against Amber Herd. The pair were spotted drinking in Newcastle, England, on the day the verdict was given.