Iconic singer and songwriter Gary Wright has passed away at the age of 80 after suffering from a series of conditions.
The tragic news was confirmed by Justin Wright, Gary’s son, who told TMZ that the musician died at his California home on Monday morning.
While no cause of death was immediately provided, Wright had been battling dementia symptoms on top of Parkinson’s for the last five or six years.
His condition has progressed over time and the musician was left unable to speak or move around unassisted.
Prior to his death, Gary’s home nurses allegedly informed the singer’s family that the 80-year-old was nearing his end and that he didn’t have much time left.
Wright remained active in the music industry for decades and was best known for his 1976 hit song Dream Weaver.
Following the sad announcement, tributes to the musician began pouring in with people remembering Wright’s contributions to music and the legacy he left behind.
“It is with great sadness that I received the news of my dear friend Gary Wright’s passing. The attached photos hold precious memories from the very first and last time we shared the stage together, alongside our mutual musical pal John Ford Coley. Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable,” singer-songwriter and actor Stephen Bishop wrote.
“His legacy will live on for many years to come. I will always cherish the warmth and kindness shown to me by Gary and his wife Rose, and I will forever hold dear the stories he shared with me about days gone by. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.”
“Rest in peace, Gary Wright. Al and Gary were friends for a long time, and it was Gary who introduced Al to his touring band, The Empty Pockets. Al and Jill Stewart would like to send their condolences to Gary’s wife, Rose, and his family,” singer-songwriter Al Stewart added.
Radio icon Andre Gardner said: “So sorry to hear about the passing of Gary Wright. He was one of the nicest rock stars I ever had the pleasure of interviewing, and he leaves behind a wonderful body of work. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.”
Our thoughts remain with Gary’s loved ones during this challenging time.