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Pink Floyd’s Keyboardist Richard Wright Dies

By Wyatt Earp | September 15, 2008

<i>Richard Wright is pictured on the right.</i>

Richard Wright is pictured on the right.

Terribly sad news out of London.

LONDON, England — Richard Wright, a founding member of the rock group Pink Floyd, died Monday. He was 65.

Pink Floyd’s spokesman Doug Wright, who is not related to the artist, said Wright died after a battle with cancer at his home in Britain. He says the band member’s family did not want to give more details about his death.

Wright met Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason in college and joined their early band, Sigma 6. Along with the late Syd Barrett, the four formed Pink Floyd in 1965.

The group’s jazz-infused rock and drug-laced multimedia “happenings” made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene, and their 1967 album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” was a hit.

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Wright, along with Barrett, was seen as the group’s dominant musical force. The London-born musician and son of a biochemist wrote songs and sang. (H/TCNN)

Damned shame. While I was not the biggest Pink Floyd fan on earth (my brother-in-law Fish and Captain America are much bigger fans) only a fool would deny their tremendous impact on modern music.

Godspeed, Richard.

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8 Responses to “Pink Floyd’s Keyboardist Richard Wright Dies”

  1. kaveman Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Shine on you crazy diamond.

  2. RT Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    How sad for his family, friends, and fans.

  3. Deanna Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Now there is a hole in The Wall.

  4. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Kaveman – You better run!

    RT – Agreed. Terrific talent lost.

    Deanna – A big one. It’s a shame.

  5. grimjack Says:
    September 15th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Way back when, if my favorite rock stars died, it was due to a drug or alcohol overdose. Or the occasional plane crash. Now it is old age and disease. Makes me feel old. I was fortunate to see Floyd a few times in the 80′s and 90′s, but I don’t think Wright was on every tour.

    I’ll be cranking up Animals on the Ipod tomorrow.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Grimjack – The article said he wasn’t, but he was involved in a lot of them.

  7. Clutch Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 7:51 am

    “The time is gone, the song is over,
    Thought I’d something more to say…”

  8. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    September 16th, 2008 at 10:21 am

    He has become comfortably numb.