Richard Wright, the founding member of Pink Floyd whose piano and synthesizer work played a critical part in the pioneering British psychedelic rock band's ethereal sound, died Monday after a short battle with cancer, his spokesman said. He was 65.
Coming to grips with one's mortality is often difficult enough. Losing a parent usually helps facilitate this stage of human development. When entertainers, athletes, and one's own peers pass, it only serves to reinforce it.
He will be missed.