Steely Dan Keyboardist Jim Beard Dies At 63


by Brooke Mallory


March 6, 2024

Steely Dan perform onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Jim Beard, a musician who spent the previous 16 years touring as Steely Dan’s keyboardist and performing solo, has passed away at the age of 63.


“Beard is survived by his two children, son Victor and daughter Caitlin Beard, and by his mother, Sarah, sister Nancy Canale, and brother, Bill Beard,” according to People Magazine.

The pianist, composer, keyboardist, and producer passed away on March 2nd as a result of “complications from a sudden illness,” according to a statement released by the band on Wednesday, March 6th.

The cause of death was not disclosed at the time of publication.

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