Pink Floyd obviously continued without him, but their album Wish You Were Here pays homage with its theme of absence. And “Shine on Your Crazy Diamond” is their tribute to him. In Their Mortal Remains there’s a polaroid of Barrett, taken when he appeared at Abbey Road Studios when the band were recording that album. His unexpected visit was a complete coincidence, synchronicity if you will—but he had changed so much physically the band didn’t recognise him. A quote from Nick Mason next to the polaroid says, “David asked me if I knew who he was… even then I couldn’t place him, and had to be told. It was Syd.”
Syd Barrett died in his Cambridge home on 7 July 2006, aged 60 years old. After his death Pink Floyd released a statement saying, “The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death. Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."
Barrett died of pancreatic cancer and, according to The Daily Mail, on his death certificate his occupation was noted as "retired musician".
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