Jeff Beck, a longtime friend and collaborator of Johnny Depp died.
The English guitarist died on Tuesday at the age of 78, and a source claims that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 59, “was by Jeff’s bedside” with “many other rock stars” before his death.
According to the informant, they were very close, and their friendship grew even stronger during their summer joint tour. “The sickness worsened quickly, and everything deteriorated dramatically in the last couple of weeks.”
“Johnny is still digesting this information. He is heartbroken, according to the source.
Depp and Beck released their album, titled 18, on July 15, the previous year.
In addition, the band released an official music video for the album’s lead track, “This Is a Song for Miss Hedy Lamarr.”
“It’s an incredible honor to play and make music with Jeff, one of the true greats and someone I am now privileged enough to call my brother,” the Sweeney Todd actor said in a press release at the time.
“I haven’t had another creative partner like him in ages,” Beck said of Depp at the time. “He had a huge influence on this album. I simply hope people would appreciate him as a musician since some people find it difficult to believe that Johnny Depp can sing rock and roll.”
The couple also appeared in other shows.
Beck’s family confirmed his death in a statement released on Wednesday.
The opening line of the statement said, “On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound grief that we deliver the news of Jeff Beck’s Passing.” “He abruptly had bacterial meningitis, and yesterday he peacefully went away. His family wants privacy as they mourn this awful death.”
Beck, who rose to prominence in 1965 when he replaced Eric Clapton as The Yardbirds’ guitarist, has been a part of many iconic musical moments over the years, from his work as lead guitarist on Mick Jagger’s debut album She’s the Boss to the title track on Ozzy Osbourne’s most recent album, Patient Number 9.
Sandra Beck, the eight-time Grammy winner’s wife, is still alive.