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Pink Floyd Rock Group Co-Founder Dies at Age 60


Syd Barrett, the co-founder of British rock group Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 60.

A spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday Barrett, who in recent years reverted to his birth name Roger, died several days ago. She did not disclose the cause of death, although Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.

The singer, songwriter and guitarist co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with his friend Roger Waters. He left the band in 1968 for a solo career after showing increasingly erratic behavior that has been linked to his use of the drug LSD.

Pink Floyd's song Shine On You Crazy Diamond, from the album Wish You Were Here, is a tribute to Barrett, who lived as a recluse in his hometown of Cambridge, England for much of the rest of his life.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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