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syd barrett (1967)Syd Barrett dead at 60
Pink Floyd co-founder succumbs to complications of diabetes

Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett has died at his Cambridgeshire home. He was 60.

Barrett died last Friday from complications of diabetes.

"He died very peacefully a couple of days ago," said the band's spokeswoman. "There will be a private family funeral."

Barrett joined Pink Floyd in 1965, but left the band three years later after only one album (1967's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn") due to his deteriorating mental condition, augmented by drug use.

After releasing two solo albums in 1970 ("Barrett" and "The Madcap Laughs"), Barrett became one of rock's more celebrated recluses for more than three decades.

(July 11, 2006)


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