Jeff Beck, the influential guitarist who played with the Yardbirds and led the Jeff Beck Group, has died aged 78. Beck’s death was confirmed on his official Twitter page.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the statement said.

“After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family asks for privacy while they process this tremendous loss,” it added.

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Fellow musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late musician and express their admiration for his legacy. Mick Jagger, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, and The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood are among the musicians paying tribute to the guitar legend.

Former Pink Floyd leader David Gilmour expresses his grief, posting a photo of himself and Beck, with a tribute saying “I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years. Polly‘s and my thoughts go out to his lovely wife Sandra. He will be forever in our hearts.”

Beck’s close friend, and fellow Yardbirds alumni, Jimmy Page said “His technique is unique. His imaginations apparently limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans. Jeff Beck Rest in Peace.”

“I can’t express how saddened I am to hear of Jeff Beck’s passing. What a terrible loss for his family, friends & his many fans. It was such an honor to have known Jeff & an incredible honor to have had him play on my most recent album, Patient Number 9. Long live Jeff Beck,” said Ozzy Osbourne.

US guitarist Tyler Bryant described Beck as his hero.