Gary Wright, singer-songwriter known for hit Dream Weaver and playing with George Harrison, dies at 80 after Parkinson’s and dementia struggle
- Wright is best known for influential all-keyboard album The Dream Weaver (1975)
- After that hit, he moved into world and new age music, as well as film scoring
- Wright also played keyboards on George Harrison’s classic All Things Must Pass
Gary Wright, the musician known for the 1976 hit Dream Weaver and major work on former Beatle George Harrison’s greatest solo album, has died at the age of 80.
Gary’s son Justin Wright told TMZ that his father died on Monday morning at his home in California’s Palos Verdes Estates.
He said the singer–songwriter had been battling Parkinson’s disease for five to six years, and more recently had developed Lewy body dementia.
Justin added that the composer’s Parkinson’s symptoms had gotten considerably worse in the past year, unfortunately leaving Gary without the ability to speak or move much.
He added that home nurses who had cared for the musician informed his family members a few days ago that he was nearing the end.
Final note: Gary Wright, the musician known for the 1976 hit Dream Weaver, has died at the age of 80. Gary’s son Justin Wright told TMZ that his father died on Monday morning at his home in California’s Palos Verdes Estates after battling Parkinson’s and dementia; seen in 2014 in NYC
Following news of his death, tributes began pouring online, with many remarking on his legacy and contribution to music.
‘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,’ Stephen Bishop tweeted. ‘Gary’s vibrant personality and exceptional talent made every moment together truly enjoyable.’
The two-time Grammy nominee continued: ‘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.’