Published Sep 15, 2008Founding Pink Floyd member and keyboardist Richard Wright has died at the age of 65 after losing a battle to cancer. Wright performed with the legendary rock outfit from their very early beginnings and for almost their entire career, contributing to the groups 1967 Syd Barrett-led debut The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and such classic Floyd albums as Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here.
While speaking of Wrights passing, fellow Floyd member David Gilmour said via an online posting: "He was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him. And that's a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show in 2006?"
Wright was a self-taught keyboard player and met fellow Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason while at architecture school. Wright helped found the Pink Floyd Sound in 1965, and the group's previous incarnations, such as Sigma 6.
Wright's spokesman said in a statement: "The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died ... after a short struggle with cancer. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."
The spokesman did not say from which form of cancer Wright had been suffering from.
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