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Walter Becker passes away at age 67

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Walter Becker Think Fast, Steely Dan Summer Tour 2008 at the Beacon Theatre Featuring: Walter Becker Where: New York City, United States When: 13 Jun 2008 Credit: PNP/WENN

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Guitarist Walter Becker of Steely Dan has passed away at the age of 67, according to his official website.

Becker and his band were well-known for hits such as "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" and "Deacon Blues" among others.

Becker, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, was sick and recently underwent surgery last month. He recently missed tour dates in July as he was recovering.

At the time, bandmate Donald Fagen told Billboard that Becker was fine.

"Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon," Fagen said.

No cause of death was revealed in the initial announcement of the musician's death.

After Becker's surgery, his doctor urged him not to leave his house for performances, according to The Rolling Stone.

Becker and his bandmate Fagen began working together as songwriters while attending Bard College in New York. They eventually moved to California and formed their band, Steely Dan.

Together, the band released nine studio albums and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. They've also released 21 singles and have one live set that was released on DVD.

Fagen and Becker would each go on to release solo albums but reached their pinnacle when the duo's album "Two Against Nature" won the Grammy Award for album of the year in 2000. The album would go on to win four Grammy's in total.

Becker's band, Steely Dan, was expected to perform in October after dates in their North American tour were added to Ticketmaster.


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