Hugh McCracken has passed away. Hugh lost the battle but ultimately won the war because he will no longer need to fight; today he is in everlasting peace. Leukemia sucks mightily.
You should go down the internet rabbits holes and find out why this guy was so revered. BB King jokes that Hugh McCracken wrote all the riffs on the "Live at the Regal," album. If you ever pinned your ear to a Steely Dan song or riff, chances are it was Hugh's riff.
Hugh played on: Paul Simon's, Still crazy after all these years: John Lennon's, Double Fantasy : Billy Joel's, The stranger: Steely Dan's, Gaucho: Paul McCartney's, Ram to name a few.
Elliot Randall posted the following on his Facebook page,
"It is with unspeakable sadness that I share with you the passing of one of the greatest friends and greatest guitarists/musicians who ever graced this planet. I am truly privileged to have known this man throughout all of my adult life. See ya on the other side, Hugh McCracken…"
Hugh McCracken died on March 28, 2013