Pink Floyd keyboardist/ founder dead at 65

Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died, aged 65, from cancer.


The self taught pianist/ keyboardist 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.


Wright, a founder member of The Pink Floyd Sound - and other previous incarnations including Sigma 6 - met Waters and Mason at architecture school.


Wright, together with Gilmour and Mason, continued to record and tour as Pink Floyd during the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s, releasing their last studio album - The Division Bell - in 1994.


In 2005, the full band reunited - for the first time in 24 years - for the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park.


Wright also contributed vocals and keyboards to Gilmour's 2006 solo album On An Island, while performing with his touring band in shows in Europe and the US.


Wright died from an as-yet-undisclosed form of cancer, aged 65. Goin' to the great gig in the sky...

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