The rock band in heaven just got a bit more progressive with the death of Pink Floyd founding member/keyboardist Richard Wright on Monday, September 15th. Wright, 65, died at his home in England following a short battle with cancer.
He was a crucial figure in the Pink Floyd lineup, writing or co-writing many of the group’s most famous tunes. From songs on Dark Side of the Moon to the moving “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” Wright was directly responsible for a the band’s sound and his influence on rock, progressive and even metal bands that came after can never be measured.
“He was gentle, unassuming and private but his soulful voice and playing were vital, magical components of our most recognized Pink Floyd sound,” Floyd guitarist/singer/songwriter David Gilmour said. “I have never played with anyone quite like him.”