Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and also co-founder of this stone duo Steely Dan, among the most daring and successful bands of the 1970s and early ’80s, expired on Sunday. He was 67.

His departure was first announced on his official site, which gave no additional information. He dwelt in Maui, Hawaii.

Mr. Becker had overlooked demonstrations in Los Angeles and New York before this season. Donald Fagen, the group’s additional co-founder and lead singer, told Billboard last month which Mr. Becker was “recovering in the process, and hopefully he will be fine shortly.” He gave no additional information.

Steely Dan had small use for stone excesses, making instead a complicated, jazz-inflected noise with catchy harmonies. Mr. Becker has been the key arranger.

Beginning in 1972, following Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen’d met at Bard College, the team created hit singles such as “Do It Again,” ‘Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” and “Deacon Blues,” and a raft of critically acclaimed albums, such as “Pretzel Logic,” “The Royal Scam,” “Aja” and “Gaucho,” both broadly considered the most artistically accomplished.

The generally composed tempos of Steely Dan’s music held improbable musical spins and ingenious lyrics in an eclectic assortment of themes, one of them stock-market crashes, including Puerto Rican spiritual, junkies, cheating fans, a space alien and a suicidal couch potato.

Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen went their own ways for a lot of the 1980s, making solo records. They reunited in 2000 using “Two Against Nature,” which earned a Grammy Award for album of the year.

Steely Dan has offered over 40 million records worldwide, and also the group was inducted in the Rock Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

In the past several decades Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen have toured widely with a massive band and backup singers. Last autumn they had an protracted run at the Beacon Theater in New York, where every evening was dedicated to the tunes from one Steely Dan record.

In a statement published on Sunday, ” Mr. Fagen explained:

“Walter Becker has been my buddy, my writing partner and my bandmate because we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We began composing nutty little music in an upright piano at a little sitting area in the reception of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion in the Hudson River the faculty used as a dorm.

“We enjoyed lots of the exact items: jazz (by the ’20s throughout the mid-’60s), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman movies come into mind. Additionally soul audio along with Chicago blues.”

He also added, “I mean to maintain the music we made together alive so long as I could using all the Steely Dan ring”

A complete obituary will appear shortly.

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