September 3, 2017 / 2:59 PM / a year ago

Walter Becker, guitarist who co-founded Steely Dan, dead at age 67

(Reuters) - Walter Becker, guitarist co-founder of the influential band Steely Dan, died on Sunday at age 67, according to his website, which did not disclose the cause of death.

FILE PHOTO: "Steely Dan" members Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan (R), pictured at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 21, 2001, will receive honorary doctor of music degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, according to a spokesperson for the college on May 10, 2001. REUTERS/Files

Becker was lead guitarist of the sophisticated, jazz-flavored Steely Dan, which he formed with Donald Fagen, the keyboardist and lead vocalist.

In its heyday in the 1970’s, the band scored hits with “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Do It Again,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Deacon Blues.”

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Phil Berlowitz

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