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Walter Becker, Steely Dan Guitarist, Dead at 67

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Walter Becker, longtime guitarist of classic rock titans Steely Dan, has died at the age of 67, according to a post on his website.

With bandmate Donald Fagen, Becker was the architecht of the smooth, polished, jazzy sound that made Steely Dan one of the most iconic rock bands of the decade.

Becker was not present at Steely Dan's concerts in July, as he was said to be recovering from an unspecified procedure.

More on this story as it develops.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.