Keyboardist and singer passes away after suffering from cancer
Sep 15, 2008
Pink Floyd's keyboardist and occasional singer and songwriter Rick Wright has
died aged 65.
The musician, who formed the influential band with Nick Mason, Roger Waters
and Syd Barrett in 1965, passed away today (September 15) after battling with
A spokesman said: "The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink
Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short
struggle with cancer.
"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult
As well as playing keyboards, Wright contributed a number of songs to the
band in their early years, including 'Paintbox', 'Remember A Day' and 'Summer
'68', and also contributed prominent vocals to the band's 1971 23-minute
He will most likely be remembered primarily for 'The Great Gig In The Sky',
his stately song on 1973's million-selling 'Dark Side Of The Moon'.
Although his influence in the band declined, and he was eventually forced to
leave as a full-time member during sessions for 1979's 'The Wall', Wright
returned as a session musician and rejoined the band when Roger Waters left,
performing on hit albums including 1994's 'The Division Bell'.
After the '70s line-up reunited for a one-off gig at 2005's Live 8, Wright
has recently been seen regularly performing with Pink Floyd singer and
guitarist David Gilmour.
The keyboardist also released a handful of solo albums and worked on albums
by founding member Syd Barrett, who died in 2006.
Reunion maybe just a impossible thing,
but jimi and duane should be happy to own a great keyboard helper.