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. 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 …

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Michael Smith

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

  5. 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.

  6. Slater

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

    RIP Richard. You will be sorely missed.

  7. Fred

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

    God bless Richard, his family, and friends.

    RIP

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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…

  22. homan (Florida)

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

    Goodbye Rick, Goodbye Pink Floyd.

  23. Nate

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

  24. Abraham

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

    He will be missed.

  25. Sampad Swain

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. Daniel Pereira- Sao Bernardo do Campo- Brazil

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

  33. Paul Faulkner

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

    Another star has gone out…..

  34. Sandra

    Rest in peace Rick, you will be dearly missed.

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

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. Michalis Atsiknoudas

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

    Michalis, island of Rhodes, Greece

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. Linda Island Lady

    i was so shocked when i got an e-mail with the link to the bbc article in it.

    just want to say that richard will be missed and his memory will forever be honoured where pink floyd’s music is played and enjoyed.

    my sympathy to his family at this time.

    R.I.P

    Peace,
    Linda

  44. struan

    My thoughts go out to Richard’s family and friends and I do sincerely regret hearing of his passing.

    It is a sad day for keyboard players around the world to hear we have lost one of the best.

    Richard, you will always be loved. Thanks for giving us the reasons.

  45. gigi cass (SA - ITALY)

    It is a big shock! I will miss you and your music.

    Thank you very much for everything. I hope Pink Floyd will give you the right tribute.

  46. Peter Henshall

    Richard Wright. I have always had and always will have the greatest respect for the man and his music.

    My most emotional and exciting moments in music were at the Earls Court DSOTM in 1973 – the Earls Court DB in 1994, when I introduced my first son to the wonders of PF – the Albert Hall OAI in 2006 with my second son.

    Today is a sad day.

    I want to celebrate Richard’s magnificent, powerful, often subtle and mighty contribution to the wonderful music of Pink Floyd, music that I have loved for the past 41 years of my life.

    Thank You, the quiet genius, your music lives on.

  47. Andrew Johnson

    Richard,

    I never met you but you touched me with your wonderful warm music and your gentle way.

    Thank you and my thoughts reach out on this sad day to your family and those that worked and played with you.

    Andrew

  48. John Ryan

    I am almost too stunned to think of an appropriate reaction. All I can think of is the first time I saw Pink Floyd in 1988 at Nassau Collesum in New York as the spotlight faded in on Rick as he opened the show with the chords of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” The texture of his playing and voice will be sorely missed.

    Rest in peace Rick.

  49. Iain

    This is really sad news. 🙁

    Also, from a purely selfish point of view, I’m sad that I’ll never get to see Dave and Rick performing Echoes together. I was hoping that to be the defining moment of Glastonbury 2009.

  50. calivin s. bennett

    richard wright, we love you! we will miss you!

    “we said goodbye before we said hello” (from richard wright’s summer ’68)

    rest in peace richard, we’ll be listening to you! all the floyd albums and your albums, wet dream and broken china.

    goodbye.

    calvin s. bennett
    brooklyn, ny

  51. Vlado Marcinek

    A sad day for every PF fan. What a beautiful person and musician has just passed away…

    RIP Mr. Wright.

  52. Cori Burns

    Devastated for his family. I loved Richard and this is terrible and shocking news. 65 is no age. He was always so kind and the most brilliant keyboard player, and David’s friend.

    Oh this is horrible and very, very sad. I can’t ever imagine anyone else playing keyboards for PF and for David.

    Richard was a special person, a legend, and he will be greatly missed. I am so sad.

    Love Cori xxxx

  53. Hein

    Thank you Richard, for you music and your great personality that shows in your work. Although I’ve never met you, you seem such a nice man…

    I wish Strength to your family and loved ones and I’ll play -Summer ’68- in remembrance this evening. Rest in peace…

  54. Bruce

    I’m in total shock. I had no idea he was sick. Rest in peace Richard. You brought much happiness to many.

  55. John

    Such very sad news. All thoughts with Rick’s family and friends right now.

    So many great pieces of music, you will always be remembered.

    R.I.P. Rick.

  56. Steve DAVIS

    One of the true “Greats” of British music passed away, never forgotten.

    Thank you for being a big part of my youth, God bless you.

  57. David R

    I am just to lost for words and shaken up at the moment. We lost not only a great musician today but a great spirit.

    My condolences to his family and friends.

    Wish you were still here.

    Best Regards
    David

  58. Adam

    I still can’t believe it!

    While I’m writing this my eyes are filled with tears… Such a great musician and human. His effort in Pink Floyd will be never forgotten. Rick – we wish you were here!

    Rest in peace and I hope I’ll have a chance to hear your great sounds…

  59. Chilli Palmer

    A sad, sad day indeed. R.I.P. Richard. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

    Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

  60. Terry McDowell

    When my brother was killed in 1992 the music of Pink Floyd gave me great peace…..I have been a fan since the early 70s…I wish his family Peace in this most trying time…

    Wish you were here.

  61. Joel

    May the good Lord bless Richard for the joy he’s brought to millions over the years through his music, and may He comfort his family as they grieve the loss of this most beautiful, talented, gentle, and humble man.

    Rick will be missed, but will live on forever through his music.

  62. peter wall birmingham

    Absolutely gutted. One of the world”s greatest musicians!

    First saw Rick with the Pink Floyd at MOTHERS CLUB in Birmingham in 1968 along with Dave, Roger & Nick.

    It is now impossible for the band to ever consider reforming. Without Rick there is no PINK FLOYD!

    You will never be forgotten Rick. Now you will be with Syd.

    God Bless you Rick.

  63. Toni (Ribes de Freser)

    I’m shattered… the day is sad…

    Thank you Richard for all the moments of pleasure with your music. Now, I’m listening The Great Gig In The Sky like a tribute for you.

    Thank you Richard.

  64. Rob

    I am so shocked to read the news about Richard Wright.

    I don’t really know what to say at this time except that he was a true legend and will be missed greatly by his many millions of fans around the world.

  65. ash

    Sincere condolences to Richard’s family, friends and colleagues.

    This is terribly sad news, I liked Richard very much, he seemed like a very nice person. I have been in tears too.

    Thank you for the beautiful music Richard you will be missed.

    ash X

  66. Lew

    This is a very sad day for all music fans. Richard was a great keyboardist and composer and from all accounts, a very good and decent man. I was fortunate to see him play in Pink Floyd during the 70s, 80s and 90s. He will be missed by many.

    Rest easy, Richard. The Great Gig In The Sky awaits you now.

  67. Angela

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea Rick was ill. Very sad, the man way a class act all the way.

  68. Thomas

    I’m shocked. I don’t know what else to say at this moment:

    Rest in peace, Richard! Your music lives forever!

    In memoriam Richard Wright:

    “Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
    Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
    The time is gone the song is over, thought I’d something more to say”

    Some of his unforgettable lines from ‘Time’.

    Condolences to his family and friends,
    Thomas from Hungary

  69. Matt

    Pink Floyd has been a staple of my music library for decades…when all other music fails to move me, I can always count on them to inspire.

    My thoughts go out to Richard’s family and friends…he will be sorely missed.

  70. Andreas Moeller

    Thank you very much indeed Rick for being here on this planet and for sharing your special kind of fantastic music with us.

    I´m really thankful to had the occasion to see you live on stage twice, 1994 in Berlin and 2006 in Munich.

    No more Echoes live….. Now only remains your spirit and your sound and voice on my CDs, DVDs and in my mind….. I´ll never forget you for the rest of my life.

    Now the upcoming “Live in Gdansk” will be strongly hard to watch and with other feelings like happened before.

    You´ll be missed, man – shine on, wherever you are…..

  71. Morelli Giovanni

    I just heard the bad news of the death of Richard and it pains me a lot!

    My most sincere condolences to all his family and his friends!

    A strong hug from a fan from Italy,
    Giovanni

  72. T.Willie

    Hopefully Richard’s family and friends can somehow take solice in the fact that he was loved by so many people all over the world who never really knew him, due to his contributions to music, and Pink Floyd specifically. He was the master of his craft, a keyboardist extraordinaire. The emotions evoked from his chords and melodies are truly haunting, yet wonderfully emotional. It’s hard to watch and feel time slip by and along the way all our heroes eventually fade away….

    You will be greatly missed Richard, R.I.P.

  73. Jane

    A quiet, modest gentleman but so talented.

    We will miss you. Thank you for being such a part of so many lives.

  74. Mark

    very sad news! my condolences to his friends, family and bandmates.

    as long as memories remain the soul is immortal. shine on rick!!!!!

    peace and love,
    mark and debbie.

  75. Kris

    Listening to the Gdansk set will be a strange and very sad experience now.

    It’s hard to come to terms with, especially since I was unaware that Richard was not well.

    The BBC seem to be qouting Fed’s words as David’s. These are your words, am I right Fed?

    I think I’ll listen to ‘Great Gig’.

    [Yes, those are my words. The BBC people have a habit of doing that. – FEd]

  76. Eddie King

    I’ve just heard the very, very sad news. I grew up with the brilliant music of Pink Floyd and always admired Rick’s superb keyboard skills.

    On this sad day I will be thinking of Rick’s family and friends.

    Thank you Rick for some great, great music and a legacy of which you can be truly proud.

  77. Jonas Forsberg

    This is a sad day, as Pink Floyd has been with me since 1972, when I discovered them at the age of 11. And strange really, as it was only yesterday when I sat marvelling at Richard Wright’s play on Animals (1977), one of my all-time favourite albums.

    A great musician has gone off on his last journey, may the good forces be with him…

  78. Mike

    A very sad day. Forget the financial woes of the world, this puts everything into perspective.

    Richard, you brought us some wonderful music and you legacy will live on. Just played Great Gig, probably too loud. Miss you already.

  79. Richard

    A very sad day. A true gentleman and a truly gentle man. A shining light in a dull, dull world.

    WYWH Rick. Your craft changed my life.

  80. Justin

    I love you Rick.

    I am so sad you had to go so soon. You looked so happy on tour with David and I am grateful you got to hear the loudest of applause every night. You were unbelievably essential to the soundtrack of my existence. And millions of others.

    This week I will cry.

    Next week when I am watching your soulful brilliance on the Gdansk dvd, I will be smiling ear to ear, remembering a day before today.

    Have fun jamming with Syd, I bet it sounds great!

  81. geoff

    Shine on Rick. I am 52yo. All I can say is that the music of PF saved my life (literally) on so many occasions over the years. Though I’ve mellowed somewhat, it continues to do so.

    David, thank you. There is a spiritual dimension to all this that I have given up trying to understand. Now, it is good enough just to listen.

    Carry on David, us old guys need you!

  82. peter mcconnell

    I feel like someone just punched me in the chest. I’m blown away. I’m too stunned to say anything more right now than thank you Rick for all you’ve given me.

    My sincerest condolences to his family. One of the unheralded giants of the music world is gone.

  83. Plamen

    Such devastating news. You will always be remembered as a great musician. Richard you will live forever through your music.

    RIP Richard

  84. Munier

    I can’t express the deep sorrow to hear this sad news. Rick was so talented and always in the background almost invisible yet so deft.

    Thank you Rick for reaching up to me and so many other PF fans over the years through your music, love and inspiration. We will never forget you!

    “And after all we’re only ordinary men.”

  85. Steve

    Very sad indeed. He created beautiful, moving music. He had a touch and sensitivity unlike any other in his cohort. I’ve seen the Floyd and Gilmour’s band perform over the years since 1977 through the “On An Island” tour, and his presence was always felt in a most positive, emotive and enchanting way.

    Steve, NYC.

  86. Dave Pyne

    Very sad news, I spent my whole life listening to Pink Floyd.

    R I P Richard. You will be missed.

  87. Matteo (Italy)

    Grazie Rick per la tua musica, orgoglioso e felice di averti ascoltato nel 2006 a Milano e Venezia.

    Ci mancherai.

    Rest in peace, we’ll be missing you… :’-(

  88. Kevin McGuirk

    I am deeply saddened by this news.

    Rick’s distinctive keyboard playing is the first music I remember truly loving as a young teen in the early 70s. His work on DSOTM and especially Wish You Were Here brought me great solace during periods of depression, and still do so to this day.

    Rick’s playing not only takes you to dark places of the soul, proving his own intimacy with pain and despair–more importantly, it helps you define the way back, mapping forgotten inroads through the heart.

  89. Gabrielle, Washington State

    “Remember a day before today
    A day when you were young.
    Free to play alone with time
    Evening never came.

    Sing a song that can’t be sung
    Without the morning’s kiss.
    Queen – you shall be it if you wish
    Look for your king.

    Why can’t we play today?
    Why can’t we stay that way?

    Climb your favourite apple tree
    Try to catch the sun.
    Hide from your little brother’s gun
    Dream yourself away.

    Why can’t we reach the sun?
    Why can’t we blow the years away?

    Blow away, blow away
    Remember, remember”

    Rest in peace.

  90. Yann Langlais-Plante

    C’est avec une grande tristesse que je viens d’apprendre la mort de Richard Wright…

    «Climb your favorite apple tree, try to catch the sun» (Remember a day, 1968)

    Shine On Richard, your music will be your legacy!

    We’ll be missing you!

  91. Vince Cater

    I’m shocked and saddened. Rick you were fantastic when I watched you on tour with David recently, I’m going to miss you as will many others. RIP.

    “Dreamers may leave but they’re here ever after.”

  92. michael menendez

    Rick was Pink Floyd. Try to imagine Echoes, or any Dark Side song without him. It would be impossible.

    The underrated voice that just complemented Dave’s so well. The textures and sounds he created will never be duplicated.

    This is a truly sad day in my heart and the music world.

    SHINE ON YOU PRICELESS DIAMOND!!!!! R.I.P.

  93. Floyder

    Very sad day for all Pink Floyd fans. 🙁

    My condolences to his friends and family.

    Thank you so much, Rick…

  94. ratafloyd

    Es una noticia demasiado lamentable…

    Quizás el tiempo lo alcanzó, mas su legado se inmortalizó…Quisiera agradecer por dejarnos su herencia musical para siempre bajo el nombre de pink floyd, el mejor grupo musical de la historia.

    Su musica me acompañó cuando ya no quedaba nadie ni nada…haciendo por mi, lo que nadie mas pudo.

    mis respetos a su familia.

    cristian
    chile

  95. James

    A very sad announcement indeed.

    So few will ever realise the depth of musical wisdom and soul that Rick contributed.

    Never the same……

    Go and surprise Syd, Rick.

    James.

  96. Luis G

    This is such terribly sad news. I am truly saddened by it.

    My thoughts are with Richard’s family and closest friends, particularly Gala and Guy.

    David, if you’re reading, I’m also thinking of you. You’ve lost a dear friend and I hope you can take comfort from knowing that On An Island brought much joy to Richard’s life. You all seemed so happy together.

    A lovely picture, Features Editor.

    [Isn’t it? It’s from Abbey Road. – FEd]

  97. Pete Martin

    Another nail in the coffin of our youth as arguably one of the most under-rated members/contributors of any band moves to the Great Gig In The Sky.

    Us and Them…one of the great anthems of the 70s. F*ck.

  98. Diogo

    It’s really shocking…

    Just to think that we’ll never be able to hear another of his notes.. of his beautiful melodies..

    Rest in peace friend… you reached the eternity.

  99. Allan

    This is truly a very sad day in Pink Floyd history. The greatest rock band ever has lost a great man.

  100. Andrew Wolfe

    My thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones as well as David, Nick and Roger.

    His music will echo forever – one of the great keyboard players of all time and he will be missed so much. Thanks for all the fabulous memories, not least Live 8 – RIP Richard.

    Andrew

  101. Andrew Harris

    I’m crying as I write this, the one who deserved the most respect.

    Goodbye Richard, thanks for helping make Floyd the way it was, the best. Say hello to Rog. Rest in Peace.

    I’m absolutely blown away, I don’t know what else to say.

  102. Ulli

    OMG, what for sad news, I am totally shocked, and extremely sad, my heart goes out to his family and friends.

    Actually I didn´t know that he was suffering from cancer, he was looking just fine when performing with David last year and 2006.

    Besides David, Richard was my other fave Pink Floyd member. What a terrible loss for all of us.

  103. Fabian

    I had the privilege to see Richard twice in Munich (1994 and 2006) and in Frankfurt (2006). Always magical evenings.

    Pink Floyd would’ve been nothing without him.

    R.I.P.

  104. Rachael

    This is so sad. Thank you, Mr. Wright for all you gave the world. RIP. You will be missed.

    Rachael

  105. Kimberly

    I am truly surprised and saddened to hear this news… He was a man honestly and rightfully adored by many.

    We’ll miss you, Richard.

  106. Angelo

    Con profondo sconforto apprendo questa triste notizia.

    Grazie Richard per le fantastiche emozioni che mi hai regalato e che continuerai a donarmi.

  107. herbert wiedmann

    “May the road rise up to meet you,
    May the wind be ever at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    And the rain fall softly on your fields
    And until we meet again, May God hold
    you in the hollow of his hand”

    Thanks for your wonderful, true music !

  108. Dave Arthur

    First saw the Floyd 1969 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon, been a fan ever since. This 55 year old is devastated. I took my girlfriend to see them at Knebworth in 1975, a year later she became ”The Wife” so I have a lot to thank them for.

    I always found Richard’s keyboard melodies almost hypnotic and I feel privileged to have grown up listening to his contribution to the band’s music.

    R.I.P.

  109. Timothy Thomsen

    Truly sad news.

    Recently saw the “On An Island” documentary, and he came across so kind. An artist and a gentleman. He will be missed.

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  110. Scott

    Completely devastated, without doubt the saddest day in music since John Lennon was taken from us 28 years ago. Pink Floyd would never have achieved what it did without his creativity on the keyboards, Great Gig and Us And Them are the two finest piano chord sequences ever written by man. A quiet and shy man of music stardom, greatly understated, but his talent will never be forgotten.

    It now brings into context how significant the reunion at Live 8 was, and I’m sure that the three remaining members will look back in several years time and be glad that they did it, one never knows when one’s time is up.

    I will never forget having had the pleasure to see “Reeeeechard”, (yes, he did always get the loudest roar) four times on the last tour David did, it was an honour and a privilege, it’s so sad that we’ll never meet again.

    RIP mate, and I can only send my deepest condolences to his family and closest friends.

  111. Sysyphus

    I don’t even know what to say. My heart is bumping, I’m out of nerves.

    He was maybe one of my favourite musicians. The most quiet Floydian, the one who gave few interviews, the different one. Not everyone knows what role he had in forming the Floyd sound.

    Anyway – his fingerprints on David’s album and subsequent tour are really easy to recognize. It’s a big pain. No one seemed to notice. Or maybe some did..but sometimes he did not look healthy.

    I can imagine how his family feels..And how David, Nick and Roger do…

    The musical world lost someone who was precious. RIP, Richard..

  112. Stephen Simpson

    The gentle soul of Pink Floyd. He’s been forever in my ears, and now in my heart.

    Bless you Richard, and rest in peace. Your music will live forever.

    SKS

  113. Bud from Canada

    This is devastating news. God damn it, cancer . . . go away.

    I am, however, thankful that so much of his talent and brilliance was captured so masterfully with the rest of the Floyd, and will live on.

    Shine on.

  114. Kelly

    I am shocked and saddened.

    His contributions to Pink Floyd are immeasurable. I loved hearing him play and loved seeing his quiet smile and demeanor in the videos I have of PF and DG. They have been a big part of my life for 35 years, listening to the songs that resonate in my heart.

    Bless his soul. Condolences to his family and friends.

    To “Reeshard” (as David Gilmour introduced him affectionately!)

    Victoria, BC Canada

  115. Sami

    My deepest condolences to Richard’s family and friends. We all have lost a great man.

    He will be missed.

  116. Brian Hardie

    Just shocking news.

    The DVD showed just what great chums they were.

    I remember vividly Rick being introduced at the Albert Hall on the first round of Dave Gilmour being back in the saddle. Fab song and what a response. Only just yesterday I lent my 2007 DVD out and told them to check out the Extras cos it was so honest of a great show behind the scenes.

    Naturally thoughts with David, Nick and Roger and above all the family. What a terrible loss of a fine Gentleman.

    RIP

  117. Rick Tindall, USA

    There are many of us, Richard, who liked to “stay home to watch the rain”. That rain is now our collective tears of sorrow in hearing the news of your sudden passing.

    I hope that you’ll get to see Syd again.

    Thank you for some of the best music of my life.

  118. Bart

    Such a sad loss.

    My condolences to everybody who is struck by this terrible news.

    Bart
    (Utrecht, NL)