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Musician Syd Barrett Dies at Age 60

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Musician Syd Barrett Dies at Age 60

Musician Syd Barrett Dies at Age 60

Musician Syd Barrett Dies at Age 60

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Syd Barrett (front) co-founded the seminal psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright (left to right). Keystone Features/Getty Images hide caption

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Syd Barrett (front) co-founded the seminal psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright (left to right).

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Syd Barrett, once the primary songwriter for Pink Floyd — and the man said to have invented the band's name — has died.

According to the group's spokesperson, Barrett died several days ago of undisclosed causes. Barrett had suffered from diabetes for a number of years. At 60 years old, the musician had become a recluse in his hometown of Cambridge, England.

Despite his brief career — he was with Pink Floyd for less than three years and released two solo albums — Syd Barrett was a primary catalyst for British psychedelic rock.