Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd

Died: 2006-07-06
Age: 60
Cause: Diabetes

Syd Barrett, the co-founding member of Pink Floyd, died at his home in Cambridgeshire, aged 60, on Friday July 7th, 2006. Syd passed away from health complications caused by his diabetes. He also suffered from painful stomach ulcers.

Syd Barrett founded the legendary band, Pink Floyd, together with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright in 1965. He was born Roger Keith Barrett, but was given the nickname Syd as a teenager. In Pink Floyd he played guitar and wrote many of their early songs, including hit singles 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play'.
Their debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' was released in 1967. At this time Syd Barrett started using LSD, that brought on mental health problems, and he left the group in 1968. He was replaced by David Gilmour.

Barrett released 2 solo albums, 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett', but then left the music industry, becoming a virtual recluse. He was often seen around his hometown of Cambridge, UK, cycling or walking to the local shops.

In '75, he arrived at the Abbey Road studios unannounced to watch Pink Floyd record the song 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond', which was a track written about him.

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