Keyboardist Richard Wright, a founding member of the band "Pink Floyd", died Monday at the age of 65 after a cancer
Richard Wright, born in London on July 28, 1943, also composed music and sung on several albums of the band like "Dark side of the moon" (1973) – "The great gig in the sky" and "Us and them" are his best known compositions – and "Wish you were here". "The family of Richard Wright, a founding member of Pink Floyd, announces with great sadness that Richard died today after a short fight against cancer," said his spokesman, without specifying the type of cancer that Wright was suffering. A keyboardist and self-taught pianist, he had met Roger Waters and Nick Mason on the benches of the School of Architecture and joined their group at the time, Sigma 6, later renamed Pink Floyd in 1965. He had made his first solo album, "Wet Dream", in 1978. He left Pink Floyd just after recording the album "The Wall", released in 1979, because of his stormy relationship with Roger Waters but had continued to perform on stage with the band in 1980 and 1981. He had also found Pink Floyd for a Live 8 concert in 2005 and for a concert last year in tribute to Syd Barrett, a band member who died in 2006.