Steely Dan guitarist, co-founder Walter Becker passes away

Walter Becker, who was guitarist, bassist, vocalist, and co-founder for jazz rock band Steely Dan, passed away Sunday, his official website has announced. Becker was 67 years old.

A cause of death as of Sunday morning had yet to be reported. Steely Dan band mate Donald Fagen revealed to Billboard in July that Becker was dealing with health issues and had recently undergone an unspecified procedure, but exact details of Becker’s condition were not provided.

Becker and Fagen met at Bard College in New York in the late 60s and eventually began writing songs together and formed Steely Dan in 1972. Together with Fagen, Becker co-wrote classic albums such as Aja, Pretzel Logic, Countdown to Ecstascy, and Katy Lied.

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Steely Dan disbanded in 1981, then after some time off reunited in 1993 and had been playing shows ever since. Steely Dan went through a nine-date Las Vegas Residency in April and had tour dates scheduled this October.

Fagen released a statement in remembrance of Becker, at the end saying he plans on keeping Steely Dan going.

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