He had been battling cancer...
Jason Gregory

16:48 15th September 2008

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Richard Wright, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 65.

Wright, who played keyboards in the band, had been battling cancer, a spokesman said.

The keyboardist had a significant influence on the instrumentation of some of Pink Floyd's classic albums, including 'Meddle', 'Dark Side Of The Moon' and 'Wish You Were Here'.

His 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's Spokesman did not say what form of cancer he had been suffering from.

Wright, who was known to fans as Rick, was born in Middlesex in July 1943.

He met fellow Pink Floyd band members Roger Waters and Nick Mason during his education at the Regent Street Polytechnic College of Architecture.

In addition to his role in the band, Wright also launched a solo career - but his albums never attracted the band's level of critical acclaim.

Wright's last performance with Pink Floyd came during their 2005 reunion at the Live 8 event in London's Hyde Park.

Pay your respects below or click here to read Gigwise’s tribute story.

Richard Wright - Gigwise Tribute

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