Syd Barrett was a gifted musician and artist. He is best known as a founding member of Pink Floyd, although he remained with the band for only four years. He was the guitarist, lead singer, and principle songwriter for the band until 1968 when David Gilmour took over for him when he was hospitalized for mental illness. Barrett began heavily abusing drugs and as a result, his behavior “became increasingly erratic and unpredictable.” Although his musical career was brief, he made a very strong impact and his works are still highly regarded to this day. Sadly, Barrett died of pancreatic cancer on July 7, 2006 at the age of 60.