Founding member Richard Wright has died

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Pink Floyd‘s Richard Wright (known as Rick) has died aged 65, a spokesperson has revealed to BBC News.

Wright was, keyboardist and backing vocalist for the band alongside Roger Waters, Syd Barrett and Nick Mason since 1965, when the band were still known as The Pink Floyd Sound.

Wright (pictured on the far right above), a self-taught pianist, wrote lyrics as well as played on classic albums, Meddle, Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.

Instruments he used included Hammond organ, piano, vibraphone and mellotron as well as an array of synthesisers.

Wright appeared with David Gilmour, Waters and Mason onstage for the first time since the Wall concerts in 1981 for a short ‘reunion’ set at the Live 8 concert in London in July 2005.

Wright’s spokesman has commented today: “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.”

You can read the full Uncut obituary here: uncut.co.uk.

If you have any memories of Rick or have something you’d like to say about him and his music, email allan_jones@ipcmedia.com

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