Originally Posted by m1ck
As a longtime Pink Floyd fan, all I can say is...
Everybody dies. I don't think it's a bummer or a loss at all. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime and was well loved for his music. Nobody is promised 65 years or life as a famous rock star. He did well, and it was great that he was among us to share his gifts.
And now, he's gone on to...
The Great Gig in the Sky. This one's for you, Rick.
The more I think about it, the more I think you're right. Rick hasn't looked well for a good few years now, but we can remember the music and we can remember the history and the significant impact he has had on popular culture in the last fifty years. Whilst he may not be as famous as Roger Waters or as well known as David Gilmour; Richard was a significant and vital part of a band whose work has touched millions - it is these memories by which we honour him the most.