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Mac DeMarco leads the tributes to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker


Mac DeMarco and a host of artists have paid tribute to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker who died over the weekend, aged 67.

The news was announced on Sunday via Becker’s official website but failed to disclose the cause of his death.

Becker founded Steely Dan with close friend Donald Fagen in the late 60s and went on to dominate the next decade, putting together hit after hit such as ‘Rikki Don’t Lose that Number’ and ‘Reelin’ in the Years’.

The 67-year-old was forced to miss Steely Dan’s Classic East and West concerts in July due to ill-health and underwent surgery for an unknown issue. Despite claims that Becker was on the road to recovery, he was found dead at his Malibu home on Sunday.

Becker’s bandmate Fagen has already paid tribute, a pattern that has been followed by Mac DeMarco, Ryan Adams, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Nile Rodgers and more:

rest in peace Walt. Hope there’s a good guitar tech up there.

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