Richard Wright, keyboard player and founding member of the legendary psychedelic prog rock band, Pink Floyd has died of an unknown cancer at the age of 65 in his house in England, said a spokesperson. His family has asked that details surrounding his death, such as the cancer he suffered from, be kept a private matter.
Even though Wright was never viewed as having a high public profile such other key members of the band like the two leaders who were often head-to-head, singer-bassist Roger Waters and singer-guitarist David Gilmour or the founding singer-guitarist Syd Barrett, he is well known as having written or at least co-written many of the bands most famous songs, as well as contributing fundamental section to Pink Floyd’s dreamlike sound.
Wright went on to release to highly acclaimed solo albums, Wet Dreams and also Broken China. Both of these albums were written and performed by Wright and went on to showcase his talent at writing intricate progressive rock pieces as well as ethereal, dreamlike ambient works. He also played with many other musicians and bands, such as the band Zee and with fellow band mate David Gilmour.
Richard Wright was also an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, having learnt to play the organ, piano, synthesizer, keyboards, trombone, guitar, harpsichord, cello, saxophone, farfisa, vibraphone and mellotron as well as being a talented vocalist.
Wright’s surviving family is his first wife, Juliette Gale, his second, Franka and his third wife Millie, after whom Broken China is dedicated. His two children from his first marriage also survive Wright.
Longtime friend and band mate, David Gilmour has told the public, “In my view, all the greatest Pink Floyd moments are the ones where he is in full flow. No-one can replace Richard Wright – he was my musical partner and my friend.”