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‘He is irreplaceable’: Rod Stewart, Brian May and other celebs mourn death of rock legend Jeff Beck

Rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 78, died on Tuesday, January 10, days after finishing his tour with his dear friend Johhny Depp
UPDATED JAN 12, 2023
Jeff Beck dies at 78 (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Live Nation)
Jeff Beck dies at 78 (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Live Nation)

LONDON, ENGLAND: Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck, 78, died on Tuesday, January 10, after suffering from bacterial meningitis. The news came in days after the 'Rock n Roll' fame finished his tour with his dear friend Johhny Depp. Meanwhile, his family confirmed the news through his official social media handle. The statement read, "On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing." 

The statement continued, "After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss." Soon after the news was out, many celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist. 


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Sir Rod Stewart wrote on Instagram, "Jeff Beck was on another planet . He took me and Ronnie Wood to the USA in the late 60s in his band the Jeff Beck Group and we haven’t looked back since . He was one of the few guitarists that when playing live would actually listen to me sing and respond . Jeff, you were the greatest, my man . Thank you for everything . RIP. "


"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. Long live #JeffBeck," mourned Ozzy Osbourne. Jimmy Page wrote on Instagram, "The six stringed Warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions. 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.: 



Brian May claimed on his social media handle, "Gutted, so sad, to hear of Jeff’s passing. He was the Guv’nor. He was inimitable, irreplaceable - the absolute pinnacle of guitar playing. And a damn fine human being. I’m sure I will have a lot to say, but right now …. Just lost for words. Bri. #jeffbeck." Mick Jagger penned an emotional note on Twitter stating, "With the death of Jeff Beck we have lost a wonderful man and one of the greatest guitar players in the world. We will all miss him so much," along with a video of Beck's performance. 



Famous musician, Ronnie Wood stated in a tribute, "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." Guitarist, David Gilmour suggested, "I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years. Polly‘s and my thoughts go out to his lovely wife Sandra. He will be forever in our hearts." 



Meanwhile, actor Michael McKean mourned his death saying, "Jeff Beck was like no one else. It wasn’t just skills and soul, he had his own vocabulary. A great musician like this leaves such a void. RIP JB." Jack Bruce claimed in his tweet, "RIP one of the greats, Jeff Beck The Bruce family would like to extend our sincere love and condolences to @jeffbeckmusic’s family, friends and fans around the world. What an incredible legacy. Here are a couple of photos of Jack and Jeff together, not so long ago." Popular Pianist, Mike Garson said, "Jeff Beck was a great guitarist. He was magical with us for David’s final Ziggy concert in '73. I stayed at his home in Tunbridge Wells in '78. He either had a guitar in hand or was fixing cars! Thank you for your musical contributions. We'll miss you, Jeff. The music lives on…"




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