Associated Press reports:
LONDON – Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who co-founded Pink Floyd but spent his last years in reclusive anonymity, has died, a spokeswoman for the band said Tuesday. He was 60.
The spokeswoman ? who declined to give her name until the band made an official announcement ? confirmed media reports that he had died. She said Barrett died several days ago, but she did not disclose the cause of death. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for many years.
The received wisdom is that you don’t disturb him. The last interview he gave was in 1971, and from then until now, there are only about 20 recorded encounters of any kind. His family says it upsets him to discuss the days when he was the spirit of psychedelia, beautiful Syd Barrett, the leader of Pink Floyd. He doesn’t recognise himself as the shambling visionary who, during an extended nervous breakdown exacerbated by his drug intake, made two solos LPs, Madcap and Barrett, which are as eternally eloquent as Van Gogh’s cornfields.
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UPDATE: Syd Barrett – Terrapin (Peel Session, 3/14/70) (MP3)
(Featuring David Gilmour, Rick Wright, & Jerry Shirley.)