She died at age 67, Walter Becker, the founding guitarist of the American jazz rock band Steely Dan – BBC News wrote on Monday.
In July, Becker had missed the band’s concerts, but this was not disclosed, nor did it lead to his early death.
“Walter is recovering, hopefully sooner,” Billboard magazine recently said to his colleague, Donald Fagen.
Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums world-wide, and in 2001 they have been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fager said goodbye to Beckert. As he wrote, “He was smart, he was an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. Human nature and himself were cynical and hysterically funny.”
Becker and Fagen started to play together in New York, even in their teenage years, New York. In the early 1970s, they moved to California, where they founded the band with Jeff Baxter and Denny Dias guitarist Jim Hodder, drummer and singer David Palmer.
The band is named after a sex toys, featured in William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch. Their first album was released in 1972, Can not Buy a Thrill.
In 1981, however, the band broke up, but re-formed in 1993 and made two more albums, one of them, Two Against Nature, won the Grammy Award for the Year Award.
Becker also made solo co-operatives, two albums appeared.