Rock Star Dies After ‘Sudden’ Meningitis Battle

Jeff Beck.
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An icon gone. Guitarist Jeff Beck died after a brief battle with meningitis, his household introduced. He was 78 years outdated.

“On behalf of his household, it’s with deep and profound unhappiness that we share the information of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the two-time Corridor of Fame inductee’s household mentioned in a press release to Us Weekly on Wednesday, January 11, sooner or later after the singer’s loss of life. “After abruptly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully handed away yesterday. His household asks for privateness whereas they course of this super loss.”

Per the Mayo Clinic, meningitis — which could be both viral or bacterial — “is an an infection and irritation of the fluid and membranes surrounding the mind and spinal wire.” Although rarer than its viral counterpart, bacterial meningitis is by far the extra critical of the 2, with the group noting it “may cause loss of life inside days with out immediate antibiotic therapy” and* “delayed therapy additionally will increase the chance of everlasting mind harm.”

Beck received eight Grammy awards all through his illustrious profession, which included 18 studio albums from 1968 to 2022. His last file, 18, was a collaboration with shut buddy Johnny Depp, who famously carried out with the musician amid the actor’s trial in opposition to Amber Heard in Might.

The “Going Down” singer — who carried out each solo and with numerous bands, together with the Yardbirds and his personal Jeff Beck Group, over time — launched into tour final fall, touring the nation from September 2022 to November 2022 with fellow musicians Depp, 59, ZZ High and Ann Wilson.

Beck’s fellow rockers expressed their shock and devastation on the information of the Grammy winner’s surprising loss of life.

“I can’t specific how saddened I’m to listen to of @JeffBeckMusic’s passing,” Ozzy Osbourne wrote through Twitter on Wednesday. “What a horrible loss for his household, mates & his many followers. It was such an honor to have identified Jeff & an unbelievable honor to have had him play on my most up-to-date album, #PatientNumber9. Lengthy dwell #JeffBeck.”

Dead at 78: Iconic Rock Star Dies After 'Suddenly Contracting Bacterial Meningitis' late 70s

Beck enjoying guitar within the late 70s.
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Kiss frontman Gene Simmons additionally paid tribute to the late rock star, writing: “Heartbreaking information to report the late, nice Jeff Again has sadly handed. Nobody performed guitar like Jeff. Please get ahold of the primary two Jeff Beck Group albums and behold greatness. RIP.”

Simmons’ bandmate Paul Stanley shared, “WOW. What terrible information. Jeff Beck, one of many all time guitar masters has died. From The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group on, he blazed a path unattainable to comply with. Play on now and without end. @jeffbeckmusic.”

Beck is survived by his spouse, Sandra Money, whom he married in 2005. (The “Hello Ho Silver Lining” artist was beforehand married to Patricia Brown from 1963 to 1967.)