Fans worldwide who have spent decades listening to his classic licks were shocked to find out that he passed away at the age of 78 on January 11th, 2022. The cause of death was a brief battle with meningitis.
He will be dearly remembered for his immense impact on music as an innovator and guitarist. His timeless music will remain with us in memory for years ahead.
Meningitis, which can be bacterial or viral is an infection and inflammation of the fluid and membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Despite being more uncommon than its viral counterpart, bacterial meningitis is by far the more severe of the two, according to the organization, which notes that delayed treatment increases the risk of permanent brain damage and that it “can cause death within days without prompt antibiotic treatment.”
English rock guitarist Geoffrey Arnold Beck first gained notoriety with the Yardbirds before leading the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
Beck received eight Grammy awards throughout his impressive career, including 18 studio albums from 1968 to 2022.
The vocalist of “Going Down,” who throughout the years has performed both alone and with other bands, such as the Yardbirds and his own Jeff Beck Group, started a tour last fall and toured the nation with Depp, 59, ZZ Top, and Ann Wilson.
Due to personality conflicts and Jeff’s illness, he left the Yardbirds and started the Jeff Beck Group. They released two albums with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood and “refused to play Woodstock before Beck split the group, leaving Stewart and Wood to join Faces.”
Jeff Beck made a name for himself as a prolific guitarist, opening doors for future generations of musicians, even though his solo career never really took off.
Condolences were sent his way
Fans and other musicians used social media to express their sorrow over the passing of a guy whose talent and tenacity was unmatched.
Jeff Beck was punk rock before punk existed and one of the most inventive guitar players of all time. He set a very high bar for all of us who followed. His legend will live on.— U2 (@U2) January 12, 2023
I can’t express how saddened I am to hear of @JeffBeckMusic’s passing. 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.— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) January 11, 2023
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🙏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. 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. pic.twitter.com/UareDAdtZ9— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) January 11, 2023