Friday, July 21, 2006

Pink Floyd Founder Syd Barrett Dies of Diabetes

July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Roger Keith ``Syd'' Barrett, a founding member of Pink Floyd whose psychedelic visions paved the way for the British rock band's early success, has died. He was 60.
Barrett died on July 7 at his home in Cambridge, England, from symptoms related to diabetes, Doug Wright, a spokesman for the band, said in a telephone interview.
Barrett's contribution to Pink Floyd as a singer, songwriter and guitarist lasted just three years before drug-induced mental illness forced him into a life as a recluse. His work on Pink Floyd's debut album in 1967, ``The Piper at the Gates of Dawn,'' triggered a cult following that endured for more than three decades after he left the band a year later.
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