Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died in his home at the age of 67, the Daily Mail reports.
No cause of death has been identified but Becker underwent surgery last month, missing the band’s classic east and west concerts in July.
Steely Dan headlined the music charts in the 1970s with hits like “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number’, ‘Do It Again’ and ‘Reelin’ in the Years”.
Becker founded the band along with friend Donald Fagen, who was hit hard by the news. He previously told Billboard that “Walter’s recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.”
According to the Rolling Stone, Becker’s doctors preached bed rest in his Malibu home, strongly recommending he not leave it for any reason.
Fagen released a gruff statement in tribute to his deceased friend, calling him an “excellent guitarist and a great songwriter”.
“Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967,” he wrote in a lengthy statement.
“Walter had a very rough childhood — I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter.”
He hinted at a possible drug issue Becker had, partially explaining the mystery surrounding his cause of death.
“His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.”
“I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
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