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Jeff Beck, legendary rock guitarist, dies aged 78

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Jeff Beck, one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, has died at the age of 78. 

The Grammy-winning musician rose to prominence with The Yardbirds, and went on to front the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Beck died “peacefully” on Tuesday after contracting bacterial meningitis, his family said. 

Beck ranked in the top five of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists and was often described as a “guitarist’s guitarist”.

A statement posted on the musician’s Twitter page read: “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.”

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons said Beck’s death was “heartbreaking news … no one played guitar like Jeff. Please get ahold of the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and behold greatness. RIP.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi wrote on Twitter that he was “totally shocked”.

He added: “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.”

Beck was born Geoffrey Arnold Beck in Wallington, England to parents Arnold and Ethel Beck and developed a passion for music as a child.

He made headlines last year when he announced a collaborative album with Johnny Depp shortly after the Hollywood actor’s defamation battle with ex-wife Amber Heard drew to a close.

The pair first met in 2016 and began recording the album in 2019 while Depp was also playing with Alice Cooper’s supergroup Hollywood Vampires.

Beck was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice

Jeff Beck, one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, has died at the age of 78. The Grammy-winning musician rose to prominence with The Yardbirds, and went on to front the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. Beck ranked in the top five of Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists and was often described as a "guitarist's guitarist".

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