Iconic Rock Guitarist Jeff Beck Dies At 78

New York: Jeff Beck, the influential guitarist who rose to rock and roll stardom with 1960s supergroup the Yardbirds

and later enjoyed a prolific solo career, has died, his official website said Wednesday. He was 78 years old.

A guitar virtuoso and innovator who was also one of the world's great rhythm and blues interpreters,

Beck died "peacefully" after a sudden bout of bacterial meningitis.

"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," a statement on the English-born musician's website said.

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