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Pink Floyd Founder `Syd' Barrett Dies of Diabetes

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:04pm

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...the brilliant, erratic catalyst for Floyd's early success,"died peacefully at home" last Friday at 60, according to his brother. The musician had been in ill health for years, battling type 2 diabetes, as well as stomach ulcers.
A singer and guitarist, and originally the band's principal songwriter, Barrett masterminded Pink Floyd's breakthrough album, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, before being sidelined in the late 1960s by LSD-induced behavioral problems.

After battling years of drug addiction and mental illness, diabetes took his life in the end.
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