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Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck dies

One of the most influential guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck, has died at age 78.
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Beck rose to fame after joining The Yardbirds, replacing Eric Clapton. Thereafter he formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart.

In 1968, Beck released Truth, his debut solo album, which drew on blues and hard rock to form a prototypical version of heavy metal. One year later, he released an album with the Jeff Beck Group, Beck-Ola.

Beck died on 11 January after suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis.

Beck’s fingers and thumbs were famously insured for £7m and known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. He pioneered jazz-rock and paved the way for heavier subgenres like heavy metal over the course of his career. He was an eight-time Grammy winner, recipient of the Ivor Novello for outstanding contribution to British music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds.

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

Tributes have been pouring in on social media since the news broke:

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