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Syd Barrett, the troubled talent who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.

The spokeswoman -- who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement -- confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.

Barrett co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright, and wrote many of the band's early songs. The group's jazz-infused rock and drug-laced, multimedia "happenings" made them darlings of the London psychedelic scene. The 1967 album "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" -- largely written by Barrett, who also played guitar -- was a commercial and critical hit.

But Barrett suffered from mental instability, exacerbated by his use of LSD. His behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he left the group in 1968 -- five years before the release of Pink Floyd's most popular album, "Dark Side of the Moon." He was replaced by David Gilmour.

Barrett released two solo albums -- "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" -- but soon withdrew from the music business altogether.

He spent much of the rest of his life living quietly in his hometown of Cambridge, England, and reverting to his real name, Roger Barrett.

He was a familiar figure, often seen cycling or walking to the corner store, but rarely spoke to the fans and journalists who sought him out over the years.

Despite his brief career, Barrett's fragile, wistful songs influenced many musicians, from David Bowie -- who covered the Barrett track "See Emily Play" -- to the other members of Pink Floyd, who recorded the album "Wish You Were Here" as a tribute to their troubled bandmate.

It contained the song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" -- "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun." The band also dwelt on themes of mental illness on the albums "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall."

The band spokeswoman said a small, private funeral would be held.


courtesy of newsweek


Man this sucks horribly, no one except us classic rock junkies really aprecciate what a great muscician he was.
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He was my idol, and I have to admit I'm a little teary eyed. I always had that false hope that he had one more thing to contribute to the msuic world before he died
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this SUCKS ...... man pink floyd is one of my faves, even though i'm a total metal head these guys kicked major a$$ and brain surgery is definately my fave..... umma gumma held me through many drug induced phases.....
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Really sad..he never got over leaving Floyd...

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RIP, Syd
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as I said in the other thread

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Wow. I'm speechless.

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I didn't believe it when I first read about it.
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syd wasnt gonna be in the reunion man... he had mental illness's... well now to the topic i can't believe he died but all that i can halp to think about is maybe (in honor of him) pink floyd will have a better chance of going on the reunion tour.
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This ain't a joke is it?

If itain't:

Shine On.
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This ain't a joke is it?

If itain't:

Shine On.


sadly no, it isnt
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Jesus... RIP
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