Stars pay tribute to late Steely Dan cofounder Walter Becker

RIP. Love and light to your family. — Scott Neustadter (@iamthepuma) September 3, 2017

Goodbye Walter Becker. Becker’s longtime musical collaborator Donald Fagen said in a lengthy and heartfelt statement,   “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. RIP Walter. So upset. Half of most amazing musical duo since Lennon/McCartney. @markyplanet
— Mark Schulman (@markyplanet) September 3, 2017

Holy crap, Walter Becker has died (per NYT). Safe travels along the cosmos to Walter Becker: you changed my life. RIP Walt. You created my absolute favorite music. And any major dude will tell you…
— John Mulaney (@mulaney) September 3, 2017

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— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) September 3, 2017

Steely Dan changed the way I understand music forever; I started writing songs under the name "the Mountain Goats" the same month 1/2
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) September 3, 2017

So sad to hear. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny.”
Fagen added, “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
As news of Becker’s death spread, singer-songwriter   Lisa Loeb tweeted that he was “a true inspiration,” and John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats said, “Steely Dan changed the way I understand music forever.”
Fellow musicians weren’t the only ones offering praise: Sci-fi author William Gibson declared Becker “one of my favorite writers ever,” and actor Michael Chiklis called Becker and Fagen “two of the greatest song writers of our time.”
Read more tributes below. A true inspiration R.I.P. thank you for your unparalleled contribution
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) September 3, 2017

that I bought "Katy Lied" on tape and started obsessing over it. Walter Becker & Donald Fagen are two of the greatest song writers of our time. One of my favorite writers ever
— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) September 3, 2017

RIP Walter Becker legendary guitarist and founder of Steely Dan. … He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. rest in peace WALTER BECKER, one half of the team i aspire to everytime I sit down at a piano. — Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) September 3, 2017

I grew up on Steely Dan. The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Walter Becker, the Steely Dan guitarist, bassist, and cofounder who died Sunday at age 67. #DeaconBlues
— Michael Chiklis (@MichaelChiklis) September 3, 2017

I spent my whole life disliking Steely Dan and this past year listening to almost nothing else. Walter Becker, Co-Creator of Steely Dan, Dies at 67 via @NYTimes
— Lisa Loeb (@LisaLoeb) September 3, 2017

So, so sad to hear this news… SD played locally a few years ago, they were as amazing as ever… I asked to go…
— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) September 3, 2017

Have just learned of the passing of the great Walter Becker, early this morning. Thank you forever.