[quote]Pink Floyd Keyboardist Richard Wright Passes Away at 65
Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died aged 65 from cancer.
Wright appeared on the group’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.
Dave Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards.
Wright penned songs on classic albums including Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.
Wright’s 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 time.”
Wright is survived by his third wife Millie, to whom he was married since 1996, and their son Ben.[/quote]
Oh my God, this is such sad news. I didn’t even know he had cancer :’(
I can’t believe Rick Wright has passed away, I’m devastated. He was responsible for the signature sound and atmosphere of Pink Floyd. Without him, there is no Pink Floyd. I was fortunate enough to see him perform at the Royal Albert Hall during David Gilmour’s On An Island Tour in 2006, and Wright was absolutely amazing. He especially blew me away with his note-for-note perfection of Great Gig in the Sky and Echoes. He received the longest and loudest standing ovation by far from any of the other Floyd members I have seen over the years, he was definitely the most loved. You have your Gilmour Vs Waters thing, but EVERYONE loved and respected Wright.
I’m listening to what is probably my favourite Rick Wright piece, here’s the link - <LINK_TEXT text=“http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPpvzNzi … re=related”>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPpvzNzi8UI&feature=related</LINK_TEXT> it’s the bit starting at 2:53, I always listen to it when I’m feeling particularly down, well I’m listening to it again now and it’s bringing tears to my eyes. So beautiful.
My thoughts are with Rick’s family, friends and those who knew him at this unfortunate time.
R.I.P Rick, you will be missed!