Storm Thorgerson, the graphic artist who designed the iconic cover for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, died yesterday (April 18) from cancer. He was 69. A childhood friend of the band, Thorgerson designed many albums for Pink Floyd, including Animals and Wish You Were Here. He also created artwork for albums by Black Sabbath, Genesis and Led Zeppelin, including Houses of the Holy. In a statement issued via BBC News, guitarist Dave Gilmour said Thorgerson’s role with Pink Floyd was integral to the band’s identity. “The artworks that he created for Pink Floyd from 1968 to the present day have been an inseparable part of our work," he said.
Gilmour went on to remember Thorgerson in more personal terms. "We first met in our early teens,” he said. “We would gather at Sheep's Green, a spot by the river in Cambridge, and Storm would always be there holding forth, making the most noise, bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. Nothing has ever really changed. He has been a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on and a great friend. I will miss him."