Gary Wright dead at 80: Dream Weaver singer’s family reveals death after his quiet battle with Parkinson’s and dementia

GARY Wright has died after a several-year-long battle with Parkinson’s and dementia. His son, Justin, announced that his father died in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Gary Wright died at the age of 80 in his home surrounded by familyGetty Gary was battling Parkinson’s and dementia at the time of his deathGetty He battled Parkinson’s for about five or six years before being diagnosed with dementia. His Parkinson’s rapidly progressed over the last year, and he lost the ability to move or speak, according to his son. TMZ reported that the nurses who were working with Gary warned the family that his time was coming to an end. The composer was surrounded by his family at his time of death. A MESSAGE FROM A FRIEND Singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop shared a heartwarming message and photos of Gary on X, formerly known as Twitter. He wrote: “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. His legacy will live on for many years to come.” He continued: “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.” HIS LEGACY Gary was a musician and composer who grew popular in the mid and late 1970s. He wrote hits like Dream Weaver and Love is Alive, both of which came out in 1976. He can be credited for making the synthesizer a leading instrument in rock and pop music. More recently, he played with the group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, whose members often change. Members of this group would play with the drummer from The Beatles, Ringo Starr. FANS REMEMBER Gary’s fans on social media have already flooded the internet with messages of mourning. One said: “The first concert I ever went to was Gary Wright and Roxy Music. RIP.” Another said: “And now RIP Gary Wright. Great musician. Always dug this one,” and they linked the song Dream Weaver. A third said: “Wow… Jimmy Buffet… Gary Wright… I must be getting too old… RIP.” Someone said: “He made some great music! RIP Gary Wright.” A fifth said: “RIP #GARY WRIGHT. Dead at 80. Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night.” GettyGary is known for his song Dream Weaver and for making the synthesizer mainstream[/caption] GettyGary’s friends have spoken out after his death with heartwarming messages[/caption] GettyGary’s fans have also written messages on social media mourning the star[/caption]

Gary Wright dead at 80: Dream Weaver singer’s family reveals death after his quiet battle with Parkinson’s and dementia

GARY Wright has died after a several-year-long battle with Parkinson’s and dementia.

His son, Justin, announced that his father died in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Gary Wright died at the age of 80 in his home surrounded by family
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Gary was battling Parkinson’s and dementia at the time of his death
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He battled Parkinson’s for about five or six years before being diagnosed with dementia.

His Parkinson’s rapidly progressed over the last year, and he lost the ability to move or speak, according to his son.

TMZ reported that the nurses who were working with Gary warned the family that his time was coming to an end.

The composer was surrounded by his family at his time of death.

A MESSAGE FROM A FRIEND

Singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop shared a heartwarming message and photos of Gary on X, formerly known as Twitter.

He wrote: “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. His legacy will live on for many years to come.”

He continued: “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.”

HIS LEGACY

Gary was a musician and composer who grew popular in the mid and late 1970s.

He wrote hits like Dream Weaver and Love is Alive, both of which came out in 1976.

He can be credited for making the synthesizer a leading instrument in rock and pop music.

More recently, he played with the group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, whose members often change.

Members of this group would play with the drummer from The Beatles, Ringo Starr.

FANS REMEMBER

Gary’s fans on social media have already flooded the internet with messages of mourning.

One said: “The first concert I ever went to was Gary Wright and Roxy Music. RIP.”

Another said: “And now RIP Gary Wright. Great musician. Always dug this one,” and they linked the song Dream Weaver.

A third said: “Wow… Jimmy Buffet… Gary Wright… I must be getting too old… RIP.”

Someone said: “He made some great music! RIP Gary Wright.”

A fifth said: “RIP #GARY WRIGHT. Dead at 80. Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night.”

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Gary is known for his song Dream Weaver and for making the synthesizer mainstream[/caption]
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Gary’s friends have spoken out after his death with heartwarming messages[/caption]
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Gary’s fans have also written messages on social media mourning the star[/caption]