Jeff Beck, a legendary guitarist, passed away at the age of 78. According to his family, he was one of the most beloved guitarists in rock and roll history. Jeff passed away on Tuesday due to complications from bacterial meningitis that he had been battling.

A statement on his official Twitter said: “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.”

Beck rose to prominence in the 1960s when he succeeded Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. He departed a year later to form his own band, The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds, and again in 2009 as a solo artist.

Beck, an eight-time Grammy winner, won his first in 1985 for best rock instrumental performance for “Escape.” He went on to win five more times in that category.

Iconic Guitarist Jeff Beck Dies At 78 After Contracting Bacterial Meningitis

Beck played with Johnny Depp last year after the two collaborated on a cover CD called “18.”

Some of Beck’s most well-known songs are “Heart Full of Soul,” a Yardbirds hit from 1965, “I Ain’t Superstitious,” from his debut solo album with The Jeff Beck Group in 1968, “Truth,” and “Freeway Jam” from his second album, “Blow by Blow” in 1975.

In response to Beck’s death, Stewart wrote on Twitter that Beck “was one of the few guitarists who, while playing live, would truly listen to me sing and respond.”

“Jeff, you were the greatest, my man,” he said.

Another of Beck’s former bandmates, Wood, honored his memory on Wednesday, saying on Twitter that he was “going to miss him deeply.

“I want to thank him for all our early days together in Jeff Beck Group, conquering America,” he wrote.

He continued: “Musically, we were breaking all the rules; it was tremendous, breakthrough rock ‘n’ roll!”

KISS bassist and co-frontman Gene Simmons termed Beck’s death “heartbreaking.”

“No one played guitar like Jeff,” Simmons remarked on Twitter. “Please obtain the first two Jeff Beck Group CDs and marvel at their magnificence. RIP.”

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