CNN.com - Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies - Jul 11, 2006: "Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies
Musician a major influence on British psychedelia
Tuesday, July 11, 2006; Posted: 11:04 a.m. EDT (15:04 GMT)
Pink Floyd in 1967: Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- Syd Barrett, the eccentric guitarist who founded Pink Floyd but later left the music business to live quietly and somewhat reclusively, has died at the age of 60, according to a spokeswoman for the band.
A spokeswoman for Pink Floyd told the Press Association: 'He died very peacefully a couple of days ago. There will be a private family funeral.'
The singer and guitarist, born Roger Keith Barrett on January 6, 1946, founded the band in 1965 with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. (Its name was derived from two American bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.)
He wrote many of the early hits for the avant-garde rock band, including the 1967 album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn' and the band's first hit singles, 'Arnold Layne' and 'See Emily Play.'