Jeff Beck death: Legendary rocker Jeff Beck dies aged 78

Rock legend Jeff Beck, who played with the Yardbirds and led the Jeff Beck Group, has died aged 78.

Beck died on Tuesday after “suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis,” a representative confirmed on his official Twitter account.

“He peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss,” the post read.

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Musician Jeff Beck has died aged 78. (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Beck was often described as the greatest guitarist of all time. Throughout his career, he worked with some of the most successful and high-profile artists, from Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder to David Bowie and Tina Turner.

In 2010, Beck famously insured his fingers for £700,000 each after hacking off the top of one of his fingers when cutting some carrots.

The total came to over £7 million, or $12.3 million.

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Beck spent the latter part of his career collaborating with actor Johnny Depp, who had been in and out of bands and music since 1980.

The pair officially met in 2016 and bonded quickly. In September 2019, Depp joined Beck on stage for some concerts of his during his US tour.

On these nights, the pair performed their song Isolation live. Isolation would later be officially released as the pair’s debut single on April 16, 2020.

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp
Beck recently toured with actor Johnny Depp after producing music with him. (Redferns)

In 2022, Depp and Beck released their first album together, titled 18. At the time of its release, the album gained major attention due to speculation there were two tracks about Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard.

The album shared 13 tracks, including a number of covers by Depp and Beck of some classic rock and roll songs, including Caroline, No, by the Beach Boys, Oo Baby by Marvin Gaye, and also two originals by the Pirates and the Caribbean actor.

Friends and colleagues of Beck have started to share tributes following the news of his sudden passing.

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page shared a photo of Beck to Instagram, writing, “The six-stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions.

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“Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans. Jeff Beck Rest in Peace,” he wrote.

Ozzy Osbourne, the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath, also shared a tribute to Beck.

“I can’t express how saddened I am to hear of @JeffBeckMusic‘s passing,” he wrote.

“What a terrible loss for his family, friends & his many fans. It was such an honor to have known Jeff & an incredible honor to have had him play on my most recent album, #PatientNumber9. Long live #JeffBeck

Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood also shared a message.

”Now Jeff has gone, I feel like one of my band of brothers has left this world, and I’m going to dearly miss him,” he wrote.

“I’m sending much sympathy to Sandra, his family, and all who loved him. I want to thank him for all our early days together in Jeff Beck Group, conquering America.”

The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr wrote, “RIP Jeff Beck. A pioneer and one of the all-time greats.”

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi also paid tribute.

“I was totally shocked to hear the very sad news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” Iommi wrote.

“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. RIP Jeff – Tony.”

English singer and musician Paul Young, formerly of Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband and Q-Tips, shared an emotional message.

“Devastated to hear of the sudden and tragic death of legendary guitarist Jeff Beck,” he wrote. “He was loved by everyone in the know; the guitarists guitarist! My condolences to his family & friends RIP.”

Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley tweeted.

“WOW. What awful news. Jeff Beck, one of the all-time guitar masters has died,” Stanley wrote. “From The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group on, he blazed a trail impossible to follow. Play on now and forever.”

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