Booker T. & the M.G.’s bassist and songwriter Donald “Duck” Dunn passed away on Sunday at the age of 70 in Tokyo. Dunn’s friend and fellow band member Steve Cropper posted the sad news on his Facebook account.
“Today I lost my best friend, the World has lost the best guy and bass player to ever live,” Cropper wrote. “Duck Dunn died in his sleep Sunday morning May 13 in Tokyo Japan after finishing 2 shows at the Blue Note Night Club.” Miho Harasawa, a rep for the Blue Note, confirmed the sad news, but couldn’t offer any other details besides that Dunn had been alone at the time of his death.
Throughout his career, Dunn worked with the likes of Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart. He was also the featured bass player for Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty‘s song, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” on Nick’s debut solo album, Bella Donna, in 1981. Dunn’s time with Booker T resulted in songs like Otis Redding‘s “Respect” and Albert King‘s “Born Under a Bad Sign.”