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Argos
2006-Jul-11, 02:43 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/11/britain.floyd/index.html


LONDON, England (CNN) -- Syd Barrett, who founded Pink Floyd but later lived as a recluse, has died at the age of 60, according to a spokeswoman for the band.

A.DIM
2006-Jul-11, 03:12 PM
RIP Sid.

I've got a couple of his albums (vinyl) in mint condition; I wonder what they're worth now...

Gillianren
2006-Jul-11, 07:05 PM
Now, I'm all sad. That's relatively young, too.

antoniseb
2006-Jul-11, 07:11 PM
Diabetes is a random killer. Syd Barrett was pretty cool in the beginning. I have no idea what he was like since 1970. I can still hear him saying "There is no dark side of the moon, actually it's all dark."

farmerjumperdon
2006-Jul-11, 07:57 PM
Several small furry creatures gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict. (I think).

Hard to believe some of the stuff that sticks in the brain. Great stuff.

Musashi
2006-Jul-11, 10:59 PM
Shine on Syd.

Roy Batty
2006-Jul-11, 11:05 PM
I lifted a glass to him this evening, and Gerald, he was a good mouse!

Gillianren
2006-Jul-12, 02:18 AM
Diabetes is a random killer. Syd Barrett was pretty cool in the beginning. I have no idea what he was like since 1970. I can still hear him saying "There is no dark side of the moon, actually it's all dark."

Was it diabetes? The article I read said cause of death wasn't released.

And diabetes can, at least, be controlled. For example, I've a friend whose mother shouldn't eat a quart of ice cream at a sitting. That's bad for anyone, but worse if you're diabetic.

sarongsong
2006-Jul-12, 03:07 AM
...Barrett had suffered from diabetes for years... CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/11/ap/entertainment/mainD8IPSO28P.shtml)Bye, Sid...and thanks!

...Pink Floyd was founded in the early 1960s by Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright, three art school students in Cambridge, England...In 1965, the general Floyd lineup was settled when a guitarist named Syd Barrett joined the band...1975's Wish You Were Here is a tribute to Syd Barrett, coinciding with the title track's theme of missing someone that is absent. In fact, Syd showed up at a recording session for this album. Upon being asked how he was, Syd replied: "I've got a very large refridgerator, and I've been eating a lot of pork chops." Needless to say, this event was devastating to the band...
A History of Pink Floyd by Amanda (http://www.ingsoc.com/waters/personal/history.html)

Gillianren
2006-Jul-12, 04:32 AM
"Suffered from" and "died of" are not necessarily the same thing; the article you linked also said cause of death was not released, just that he was known to have diabetes. Frankly, "undisclosed cause of death" brings up two possibilities to me, neither of which are diabetes.

Celestial Mechanic
2006-Jul-12, 04:38 AM
Several small furry creatures gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict. (I think).
Roger Waters wrote that. Songs that Syd Barrett is credited with are:

From The Piper at the Gates of Dawn:

Astronomy Domine
Lucifer Sam
Matilda Mother
Flaming
The Gnome
Chapter 24
Scarecrow
Bike

The songs "Pow R. Toc H." and "Interstellar Overdrive" are instrumentals, my CD doesn't have writer's credits for them.

From A Saucerful of Secrets:
Jugband Blues

Ummagumma has a live version of "Astonomy Domine".

sarongsong
2006-Jul-12, 11:03 AM
"Suffered from" and "died of" are not necessarily the same thing...Further parsing:
July 12, 2006
...died of complications from diabetes July 7... Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/11/AR2006071101362.html)

Gillianren
2006-Jul-12, 11:33 AM
Hey, confirmation is all I was looking for.

It is sad, though, regardless of cause. In some ways, it may be sadder because it was diabetes, because it is a manageable condition. (Then again, my uncle Bill died at a similar age, and I thought he was managing his just fine.)