Pink Floyd founder Richard Wright dies at 65

(L to R) British rock stars, Dave Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, perform at the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park in London July 2, 2005. REUTERS/Stephen Hird

LONDON (Reuters) - Pink Floyd keyboard player and founding member Richard Wright died on Monday after a short battle with cancer, his spokesman said. He was 65.

Wright, singer, songwriter and guitarist Syd Barrett, guitarist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason founded the band that became Pink Floyd in the 1960s when they were students. Pink Floyd went on to become one of the biggest names in rock.

“The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer,” his spokesman said in a statement.

“The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

Wright co-wrote five songs on “Dark Side of the Moon”, which was released in 1973, spent 14 years on the Billboard 200 album chart and is one of the best selling albums ever.

Wright left Pink Floyd after falling out with Waters during sessions for “The Wall”. He rejoined the band in 1987.

Reporting by David Clarke; Editing by Kevin Liffey