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 cancer.
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 time.”
As well as playing keyboards, Wright contributed a number of songs to the band in their early years, including ‘Paint Box’, ‘Remember A Day’ and ‘Summer ’68’, and also contributed prominent vocals to the band’s 1971 23-minute classic ‘Echoes’.
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.
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