Jeff Beck Dies: Rockers React

That death of Jeff Beck has sent shockwaves through the rock world. The 78-year-old guitarist’s death was confirmed by a announcement shared by his publicist and on his official social media accounts.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the statement read. “After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he died peacefully yesterday. His family is asking for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

As word of Beck’s death became public, many other artists took to social media to pay their respects.

Rod Stewart, whose friendship with Beck stretches back to the ’60s, when the two were bandmates in the Jeff Beck Group, remembered the guitarist as “the greatest.” “Jeff Beck was on another planet,” the singer declared. “He took me and Ronnie Wood to the US in the late ’60s in his band the Jeff Beck Group, and we haven’t looked back since.”

Similarly, Wood referred to Beck as “one of my brothers”, while his The Rolling Stones bandmate, Mick Jaggerdescribed Beck as a “wonderful man and one of the greatest guitar players in the world.”

“I was totally shocked to hear the very sad news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” tweeted Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi. “Jeff was such a lovely person and a superbly iconic, genius guitarist – there will never be another Jeff Beck. His playing was very special and distinctly brilliant! He will be missed.”

“Wow. What terrible news,” he declared Kiss frontman Paul Stanley, which honored Beck as “one of the all-time guitar masters.” “From Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck group on, he blazed a trail that was impossible to follow. Play on now and forever.”

In a series of tweets is KinksDave Davies admitted he was “shocked and confused” by Beck’s death. “I’m devastated, he looked in fine form to me,” insisted Davies. “Jeff Beck, it doesn’t make sense, I don’t get it. He was a good friend and a great guitarist.”

Meanwhile, other guitar god Jimmy Page Beck praised in a post on Instagram. “The six-stringed warrior is no longer here for us to admire the spell he could weave around our mortal emotions,” Page wrote. “Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His technique is unique. His imagination is seemingly limitless. Jeff, I will miss you along with your millions of fans.”

Check out these tributes and more below.

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