The last days of Walter Becker from Steely Dan

News 25/09/2017

Earlier this month Steely Dan co-founder, Walter Becker passed away aged 67.

A few weeks on from his death his friends have shared what they knew about his health issues and how he was in his last days.

He'd struggled with his health for around 10 years but he was a very private person and tried his best to keep his health issues out of the public.

Even his close friends weren't aware of how sick he'd become.

“I understand Walter was ill,” comedian Chevy Chase told Rolling Stone. “But I had no idea how sick.” The report also pointed out that no cause of death had been revealed. Another friend, singer Krishna Das, said: “The last time I saw him he was going to try another round of treatments for hep C.”

Walter's health had declined so much that Steely Dan had started performing shows without him after he had to leave the stage in New York back in 2013.

Concern over his health increased after he missed two shows in July and bandmate Donald Fagen later said he was “recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.”

Fagen visited Becker in hospital a week before his death, said friend Pete Fogel. “I could sense that he knew that might have been the last time he would see Walter. He reminisced about their long personal and musical relationship. It was very sad, to say the least.”

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock