Guitarist Jeff Beck dies aged 78

His family announced the devastating news
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Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has died aged 78, his representatives confirmed. 

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The guitarist who played with the Yardbirds and led the Jeff Beck Group alongside Rod Stewart passed away on Tuesday after “suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis,” the representatives confirmed. 

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the statement said.

“After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

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The British musician was a music industry pioneer, refining guitar music in the 1960s and influencing heavy metal, jazz-rock and even punk movements. 

The star was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in 2009, telling audiences, “I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible.”

“That’s the point now, isn’t it? I don’t care about the rules.

“In fact, if I don’t break the rules at least 10 times in every song, then I’m not doing my job properly.”

Jeff Beck
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Jeff befriended actor Johnny Depp later in his career, with the duo releasing a full-length album together in 2022. 

he was married to Sandra Cash at the time of his death, with the couple marrying in 2005. He was also married to Patricia Brown between 1963 and 1967. 

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