Richard

Richard

I’m so sorry to break the sad news that Richard has passed away after a battle with cancer.

I really don’t know what to say other than that he was such a lovely, gentle, genuine man and will be missed terribly by so many who loved him.

And that’s a lot of people. Did he not get the loudest, longest round of applause at the end of every show in 2006?

If you wish to add anything, feel free.

1,525 comments

  1. Gunnar

    This is a sad sad day. Thanks for great music. I can’t express my feelings now.

    My thoughts go out to Richard’s family and friends.

    RIP Richard.

  2. ripper

    I am so gutted. Mr Wright will be in my prayer this day.

    My thoughts are with Guy and especially Gala and family.

  3. Max

    I’m speechless… and tears in my eyes… I hope Rick passed without hurt.

    My deepest condolences to Gala and family, Guy, David, Nick, Roger, friends and everyone of us, who loved him.

    How I can watch the Gdansk concert after all of this, I don’t know…

    Max, Moscow

  4. AndySlash

    I am stunned. Just stunned.

    Thank you, Rick. Your music will bring many of us solace as we mourn.

    Thank you, David, for having Rick in your band. For many of us it was the last time we got to see him in person. And he did indeed seem to get the loudest cheers of the evening. It’s not uncommon knowledge that there were times during his tenure in Pink Floyd that Rick felt underappreciated, and I couldn’t help but hope he felt a bit redeemed every night of that 2006 tour.

    Like I said, I’m just stunned. While Syd’s passing was sudden and sad, in a way he had been gone for many years and the news just didn’t hit as hard. Rick’s passing is truly a shock and one that will take some time to process.

    Goodbye, Rick. I’ll be spinning some Floyd tonight for you.

  5. terv hook

    Sad, sad news.

    Thanks for your beautiful music over the years.

    Give Syd a big hug and never stop shining.

    Love Mal & Trev

  6. Gerry

    Shared my birthday with Richard (28 July) and he has passed away on my Mum’s Birthday who also sadly passed away last week.

    God, I hate September.

    RIP Rick.

    [My condolences to you and yours, Gerry. – FEd]

  7. Alessandro

    Sono scioccato!! Quanto mi dispiace!!! Grazie per la musica che ci hai lasciato!!! Sono sicuro che continuerai dall’alto a dedicarti “al grande concerto nel cielo”!!! RIP Oggi è un giorno tristissimo è come se avessi perso un pezzo di me stesso!!!! Ciao Rick, grazie ancora!!!!

  8. Michael James

    So sudden. Such a wonderful man. I’m listening to Wearing the Inside out as I type.

    Godspeed Richard and thank you.

  9. Chris, England

    I am totally devastated by this terrible news.

    A rare person, an amazing musician with a fantastic and calm personality, who has always been the coolest member of Floyd. Now he can join Hendrix, Lennon, Syd et al for the great gig in the sky, which was the most amazing song he ever wrote.

    R. I. P. Rick, we shall never forget you.

  10. Chris Hampton

    I am very shocked and saddened by this news. Richard was an amazing keyboard player and a brilliant songwriter and singer.

    He will be very much missed but he will be appreciated and will Shine On for ever.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

  11. Darren Newitt

    This is very sad news indeed. I have really enjoyed Rick’s PF and solo work over the years, it has been an inspiration to me as a musician, and almost a soundtrack for my life.

    Would have been great to have caught the mighty Pink Floyd on tour one more time.

    RIP… enjoy that great gig in the sky.

  12. josh berger

    His music will never, ever be forgotten. We all remember the first and every time we heard Us and Them. Mind altering, life changing, soul touching musician.

    We’ll miss you Rick.

    Josh
    Pittsburgh

  13. Lewis McInnes

    Very sad news, I heard just before this was posted.

    What a terrible shame, I’m just glad I got to see the man doing what he did best before he died.

    Shine on.

  14. Andy34

    Rest in peace, Richard.

    An awful lot of people thought an an awful lot of you and your music, and that’s not a bad legacy for anyone.

  15. Frédéric

    Your talent and personality will be greatly missed. Your gentle touch on keyboards and your voice are an essential part in Pink Floyd music and you leave a huge heritage in modern culture.

    Toutes mes condoléences à sa famille et ses amis.

    Repose en paix.
    Fred.

  16. Smitty

    Just read the news…deepest sympathy to the family.

    Thank you very much Richard. Wish you were here……

    God bless,
    Smitty

  17. Tim_C

    What a shock.

    First, and most important, our hearts go out to Rick’s family and friends. We will miss the artist, but they will feel a far greater loss.

    I never thought that “Live in Gdansk” would prove to be a memorial to Richard, but I hope it will, with time, serve as a reminder of what Rick brought to the music of Floyd and of his special relationship with David. In this lies the soul of the band.

    It seems that the On an Island tour rejuvenated Rick and he is on record as saying that he found the whole experience hugely rewarding, and perhaps there will be some comfort that this particular part of his life was also realised.

    If greater tribute be needed, it surely lies in the contribution that Rick made in particular to the “Dark side of the Moon”. I for one will be playing “The Great Gig in the Sky” tonight, very loud, and thinking of a beautiful soul resting, I trust, in peace.

  18. Dmitriy Pantyukhin

    My heart sank when I read the BBC page today.

    I will miss his smile. I will miss the music. Richard Wright was one of the nicest, sweetest people I’ve ever known, either personally or indirectly.

    Very sad news, my thoughts and my prayers are with his family today.

  19. Andy N

    Just heard the news from a fellow Fan. I am shocked and saddened….Great Man, Great Musician and far too young.

    He will be missed terribly.

  20. Dyonisos

    I’m totally shocked and saddened by this news. I don’t think I can come up with any other words other than that and to extend my condolences to his family.

    I think I’ll go listen to Great Gig In The Sky, too…

  21. hmarchant

    Wonderful man, amazing music much love to his family friends and colleagues.

    Love Helen x

  22. James Geary

    Rest in peace Richard. Your music will live forever.

    Absolutely horrible news.

    Best regards,
    James

  23. Mike R Mitchell

    God Bless Dear Rick, my thoughts and wishes go out to your family, you will be so sadly missed.

    Rest in peace Rick.

  24. Navid

    Another great artist, such sad news.

    I just looked at BBC news and suddenly was shocked by this. He will be missed but thanks to his music, he will never be forgotten.

  25. peter kozak

    Well, just to say a very heart-felt thank you to Richard for all the beautiful music he gave us, and which has been a constant in most of my life, providing inspiration, solace, stimulation and strength.

    Condolences and love to his family and friends.

  26. Jill

    I wish many things right now.

    I wish peace and love and rest and comfort for Richard and his family and friends and fans. What a lovely man. We are all poorer without him here with us on this planet.

  27. Paul McKeown

    Sad news indeed, I could hardly believe it when I saw the headline on the BBC.

    He was a wonderful musician and will be deeply missed. :'(

    R.I.P Richard.

  28. Bas

    This news made me very sad just now, never expected this.

    I feel very sorry for his family Guy and Gala and David for losing a good friend. It was heart warming to see how close they were in the 2006 tour. Them playing together was fantastic, Echoes brilliant.

    I was hoping so much they would be out there once again. I regret this can never be and am thankful for all the great music he leaves behind.

    No need to ask anymore, there can never be a Pink Floyd without him.

    God bless,
    Bas

  29. rob

    Just read this on the BBC, this is so sad, there’s not enough people like Richard in this world…

    Condolences to his family and to his fellow band members David, Nick and Roger…

    Rob

  30. JT

    A really sad day for us all! Our thoughts goes of course to his family!

    His impact on the music of Pink Floyd was incredible and he really deserved the reception he received on the Gilmour tour.

    He was a real gentleman and it was truly a great honour to meet him in Paris in 2006. I will treasure the memories!

    We loved him!!!!!! It’s a sad sad day!

    JT

  31. Ryan

    This is a very sad day for all of us Floyd and Gilmour fans.

    I was so happy for Rick that he was part of the On An Island because just like David I think it was one of the happiest times for him.

    I will be watching Remember That Night and Gdansk (next week when it’s released) to help celebrate his life.

    RIP Richard. Thank you for being yourself and contributing to one of the best bands ever!

    Love,
    Ryan

  32. George Gipe

    Very, very sad. I can’t think of much to say besides the fact that I will cherish the memory of his great performances in 2006, and his overwhelming contributions to David’s solo work, Floyd, and his own solo material.

    Thanks Reeechard! We all love you.

  33. Adrian Hobart

    Such sad news. A true gent – as were you all when I was lucky enough to come backstage at Docklands on your tour in 1989.

    Thank you Richard – you will not be forgotten.

  34. Chrisr

    So, so sad and totally out of the blue.

    My sympathies to his family – and of course the rest of Floyd in whatever incarnation – at this time.

    RIP

  35. Lori H.

    Like everyone, I’m totally shocked. What an enormous gift given to this world, as well as an enormous loss. My thoughts are with Rick’s family, and also with David, Roger and Nick.

    This is why it is SO important to tell and show people who are close to your heart just how much they mean to you…while they are still with you.

    What beautiful postings you all have done. My love to you all.

    David, Roger and Nick, you are loved so very much.

  36. Jeff

    Like so many have already posted – shock and sadness. He’s brought so much musical joy to my life.

    RIP, Richard. You’ll always be remembered.

  37. Michèle

    Les mots ne servent à rien, malheureusement…

    J’espère de tout coeur que les fans et les médias respecteront les désirs de paix et de tranquillité de la famille en ces moments douloureux.

    Michèle

  38. Georg Kunz

    What terribly sad and shocking news! I simply don’t know what to say.

    Thank you, Richard, for bringing such beautiful music into this world, you will be terribly missed.

    Now it’s your time to play the Great Gig in the Sky …

  39. Darren

    R.I.P. Richard, you will be sorely missed.

    He may be gone, but he left a legacy of incredible music that will live on forever. I just hope that he knew how profound an influence he had on millions of people worldwide. Very few will ever be so lucky. He will definitely Shine On.

  40. David Marks

    I am numb with shock. What a talented musician.

    Thank you Rick for all the musical pleasure you and the rest of the band have given me for so many years and I am so glad I saw you at Bridgewater Hall and The Royal Albert Hall with David, you were sublime.

    My Deepest Sympathies go to his family and friends.

    GOD BLESS YOU, RICK.

  41. Michael Smith

    Devastating news. A truly brilliant musician. Richard Wright will be missed by all the Pink Floyd fans throughout the world.

  42. tony

    so sad to read the news today.

    thank you richard for a fantastic night in glasgow and for all of the music you created, you will be sadly missed.

    tony.

  43. Slater

    May comfort and blessings be bestowed upon the Wright family at this time.

    RIP Richard. You will be sorely missed.

  44. Fred

    I am so genuinely saddened to hear this news. A very sad day.

    God bless Richard, his family, and friends.

    RIP

  45. Iain

    So sad to hear of Rick’s death.

    His lilting organ solo on Astronomy Domine on the live disc of Ummagumma was, for me, one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever committed to vinyl.

    Like Dave and Nick, he brought his own instantly recognisable style to Pink Floyd and, without him, Floyd simply wouldn’t be Floyd.

  46. Annette, Birmingham

    My deepest sympathy to Richard’s family. I wish you all great strength for the future without him.

    David, thank you for the opportunity to talk about Richard here. My sympathy goes to you too as you have lost a life long friend and colleague.

    The music world has lost a lovely, gentle, giant of a musician. I can’t believe he’s gone.

    Annette, Birmingham

  47. kim spickett

    My uncle worked in the record industry and bought Meddle for me on cassette. He said, “This is great” and I thought, “The Arnold Layne bunch” and set out to find out what they looked like. I found the picture in NME and thought, “I like that one; he’s lovely.” (Sorry David.)

    When I listen to Meddle now I will always think of Rick.

  48. aaron

    David Gilmour-the guitar and voice of the Floyd, Roger Waters-the genius of the Floyd, Richard Wright…the SOUL of the Floyd.

    A total shock-deepest condolences to his loved ones.

    I am SO fortunate to have seen him with David in Chicago performing my favorite Floyd piece (Echoes).

    Truly a gifted musician, his passing will make the Gdansk experience bittersweet for me.

  49. Keith McDonald

    A sad day … unexpected … others in the band may have had more actual power but Richard certainly had influence …

    I do want to echo the comment here on these pages about Richard’s “ping”. That and much more … a great legacy of work to remember him by.

  50. Tyrone

    Rick added subtle textures and some memorable melodies to Floyd’s music, and was able to combine his excellent piano playing, keyboard, synthesiser, vocal and sonic effects with consummate ease, which is testament to his great understanding of songwriting and his ability as a musician.

    Thanks for the music Rick, condolences to his family.

    RIP.

  51. Becky

    I do love the memory of the thundering applause and standing ovations Rick got on the tour. The one in New York was deafening.

    He was a remarkably talented man and his music and voice were such a vital part of the sound of Pink Floyd. I’m so very sad to hear of his passing and my sympathies go out to his family and to David and to all who knew him.

  52. Lola from Maine

    What hollowness in the world of music now that Richard has left us. Such a unique sound from his keyboards, such mellowness in his voice. Adored his Inside Out song completely. Glad he poured his passions into his music with his bandmates all along and got to enjoy this last stupendous tour.

    A glass raised to Richard, our ears and hearts will never forget his sound, his soul.

    Condolences to his circle of friends, family and fans.

  53. Dave Howlett

    This news is a great shock, and deeply saddens me. The music of Pink Floyd, my favorite band for as long as I can recall, would not have been the same without his contribution.

    On a personal level, it feels all the more sad as I had the opportunity to see him both at Live8 and during David Gilmour’s On An Island tour, but circumstances prevented me (family illness in both cases).

    He will be greatly missed, and my thoughts are with his family, friends and with him – I am sure even now he is “playing different tunes” somewhere where every note is perfect.

  54. Baz Garrod

    Just wanted to add my condolences to David and Richard’s family and friends.

    The news of Richard’s passing has knocked me sideways and to say I am deeply saddened is putting it mildly.

    He leaves behind an incredible legacy of music and playing that I cherish deeply and will always cherish. As I type, I’m playing the 1967 single of “Arnold Layne” and now comes that unique solo by Richard… what a thrill it was to hear him singing this in recent years.

    Thank you Richard for everything and above all for being an inspiration.

  55. Roger

    Sad, sad news. My thoughts are with Richard’s family.

    A true pioneer of the keyboard sound which helped to define a generation through the Floyd’s music.

    God bless Richard.

  56. Gary Gilmour

    Richard you were a fantastic inspiration for many people, none more so than I, your rendition of Arnold Layne lives on with me now and every time it gets played in the future. Glad to have been touched by your music.

    Peace and love to you and yours.

    Gazza

  57. kurtis

    Such a great musician..Gone way too soon….

    My prayers are with his family, David and his family, and the rest of the Floyd family.

    Listening to “Breakthrough” right now. He will be missed.

  58. Ivan

    i can’t believe it…….i….i just can’t believe it! i’m literally speechless…..

    rest in peace richard…my condolences to the family…

  59. homan (Florida)

    Thank you for your beautiful music. Your voice and sound will echo forever in eternity.

    Goodbye Rick, Goodbye Pink Floyd.

  60. Nate

    I don’t know what to say, apart from that my thoughts are with his friends and family at this time. :(

  61. Abraham

    Richard was truly a gentleman and an excellent musician. A very rare combination.

    He will be missed.

  62. Sampad Swain

    I don’t have any words to say! I’m stunned by this shocking news. May his soul rest in peace.

  63. steve nethercott

    I had the privilege to see Richard perform with Pink Floyd in 1994 and with David on the 2006 tour and the music world has lost a true musician.

    I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

    He will be missed, rest in peace Richard … shine on.

  64. Fran

    I feel so sad.

    Poor Richard. I hope you didn’t suffer.

    FEd, you’re right, the crowd went wild every night when David said Richard’s name, didn’t they? I hope he felt loved.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

    God bless.

  65. Kevin De Ornellas

    Richard Wright died today. God clearly wanted to hear some moving piano and organ music and emotive vocals.

    The Pink Floyd also died today.

    Finally now, Richard, everyone realises that to a very large extent you WERE the Pink Floyd.

  66. Ana Santos

    Huge lost…I can’t express how deeply sad I’m… He will be missed just like his music and his beautiful smile…

    Thanks for everything!!!

    Rest in Peace, Richard Wright…

    Love,
    Ana

  67. Harry Schoonewille

    The better they are, the sooner they go.

    It’s a big loss and we are very sad. But we will remember him in the music.

    Gerda, Harry, Patrick, Leona and Lindsay

  68. FloydFreak

    I am still in tears…Such a great loss… A big part of Pink Floyd died today… and one more of a very few greatest musicians will live forever in our hearts…

    This is a very, very sad day indeed…

    RIP Richard, and thank you for your magic from the bottom of my heart and soul.

  69. Daniel Pereira- Sao Bernardo do Campo- Brazil

    Hope today will be a great gig in the sky with Richard on keyboards… RIP…

  70. Paul Faulkner

    My thoughts are with Rick’s family, and friends. At least he can be with Syd again.

    Another star has gone out…..

  71. Sandra

    Rest in peace Rick, you will be dearly missed.

    Thank you for the wonderful music you made. You were a great musician.

  72. jimmy kaloudis

    I am at a loss of words, the loss of such a profound human being will be felt for years to come. You touched us with your music and we are all better for it. Thank you so much Rick for all you gave us.

    To his family, friends and all the members of The Pink Floyd I offer you my deepest sympathy at this difficult time….

    God Bless you.

  73. Kevin

    A very sad day. Thank you for all the great music.

    I saw him at the Royal Albert Hall with David Gilmour and quite rightly he received the longest standing ovation.

    Richard Wright RIP

  74. Darren DeVivo

    Richard,

    I will always treasure the beautiful music you made. The touch you provided was critical to Pink Floyd. I am so sad you have left us. You are now part of the great gig in the sky. Rest in peace.

    Darren DeVivo
    WFUV
    NYC

  75. Brad Peyton

    Having been raised listening to Pink Floyd, I can honestly say I feel like a member of my family has passed.

    Rest in peace, Richard and say “hi” to my dad.

  76. Michalis Atsiknoudas

    R.I.P. Rick, hope you’re playing that gig in the sky now.

    Michalis, island of Rhodes, Greece

  77. Terje, Norway

    No! I can’t believe it! Another example how injust the world is.

    I have had the privilege to meet Richard. And he impressed me a lot. Very quite, polite and a very nice man. I’m so glad that I got the opportunity to experience him at RAH, London, the three wonderful nights of May 2006, and at the Odeon Cinema the 6th of September, the year after. And as FEd said, it was fantastic to see/hear who got the loudest, longest round of applause those nights. It was Richard, a genuine man and a brilliant musician.

    Thank you, Richard, for what you gave to us.

  78. Gary R

    Thanks for the great music, Rick! PF’s music has been a big part to my life’s soundtrack and Rick’s sound was a big part of it.

    I am saddened by his passing but take consolation that the music he helped create will live on forever.

  79. Vinny M

    Very sad. Rick was underrated as a keyboard player and singer. His vocals on “Time” are amazing.

    Thanks to David for giving us Rick’s performances on the 2006 tour. It will make watching the “Live In Gdasnk” DVD bittersweet.

    If you have it, check out Rick’s early version of what became “Us And Them” on the “Zabriskie Point” soundtrack.