Richard Wright, the founding member and keyboardist of rock band Pink Floyd, died Monday, September 15 after short battle with cancer. He was 65 years old and reportedly died at his home in England.
A spokesperson for Wright's family issued a statement of confirmation, saying "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 spokesperson added that "the family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."
In the wake of Wright's death, fellow band member David Gilmour wrote a posting on his official website, expressing his great loss. "I really don't know what to say other than that he was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him. And that's a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show in 2006?" the singer and guitarist wrote.
Wright was a self-taught pianist and keyboardist. Best known for his long career with Pink Floyd, he briefly left the group in the early '80s after falling out with guitarist Roger Waters during sessions for "The Wall". He later rejoined the band in 1987 and stayed through the release of their final studio album, 1994's "The Division Bell". The music act reunited for the first time in 24 years in 2005, to perform at London's Live 8 concert.
As of press time, there have yet words on Wright's burial plans.