Grief-stricken Rod Stewart

The music community is mourning the death of The Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the musician’s family announced that he died the day before from bacterial meningitis. He was 78.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound grief that we communicate the news of Jeff Beck’s Passing,” his family said in a statement. “He abruptly had bacterial meningitis, and yesterday he peacefully went away. His family asks for privacy as they mourn this awful death.”