Sad news today from the world of rock. <Guitar great Jeff Beck has passed away at the age of 78 from bacterial meningitis, per an announcement from his family:
“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.”
Beck first became known in the mid-60s as a member of the group The Yardbirds, replacing Eric Clapton and playing alongside Jimmy Page. He then became a solo artist known for songs like “Because We Ended as Lovers,” “Love is Blue,” and “Beck’s Bolero.” He was greatly respected by his fellow guitarists. Loudwire has a collection of posts paying tribute to Beck.
One of the most touching tributes comes from friend and bandmate Jimmy Page, who wrote:
“The six-stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions,” Page tweeted today. “Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique was unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans.”