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Legendary Guitarist Jeff Beck Dies at Age 78

Jeff Beck photo by Ross Halfin
Jeff Beck. Credit: Ross Halfin

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has died at the age of 78. News of his death was shared in a statement on the rocker’s social media accounts and his official website on Wednesday.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the statement reads. “After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family asks for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

Born Geoffrey Beck in London, England in 1944, Beck first rose to prominence with the Yardbirds before going on to front the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. He was the recipient of eight Grammy Awards, the Ivor Novello Award for his outstanding contribution to British music, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a member of the Yardbirds and once as a solo artist.

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