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LIFE.com: Out of Sight: Famous Recluses

Syd Barrett, 1946 - 2006

Syd Barrett -- front, pictured with Pink Floyd bandmates Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright -- was often called "the most famous recluse in rock," and it's hard to argue with the tag. A founding member of Pink Floyd and the band's leader early on -- especially on the amazing, scarily great debut album, "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" -- Barrett gradually succumbed to mental illness and the effects of massive self-dosing with LSD over the years, and for the last decades of his life lived as a recluse. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2006. The Floyd song, "Shine on You Crazy Diamond," is a tribute to Barrett. (Keystone Features/Getty Images/LIFE.com)
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