Beck, a guitar legend, blues-rock innovator, and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, passed away at the age of 78. In a statement released on Wednesday, his family announced: “On behalf of his family, it is with deep and great sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday. His family asks for privacy as they process this tremendous loss.”
The news of Beck’s death is especially shocking considering he had just recently completed a series of concerts with Depp. The two performed together on stage worldwide following Depp’s trial with Amber Heard, drawing crowds not only to see the musicians in action, but also to show their support for Depp. Beck and Depp even released a version of “Isolation” by John Lennon in 2020.
Born in England, Beck rose to fame with The Yardbirds and later became the lead guitarist for Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. He has won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and once for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Beck’s legacy in the music industry will not be forgotten and he will always be remembered as a guitar god. He was included in various lists of the best guitarists of all time, including the list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, in which he was ranked fifth. Beck’s sudden death is a huge loss for the music world.