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Storm Thorgerson, the man behind Dark Side of the Moon cover art, dies aged 69

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Storm Thorgerson, the artist and designer of some of the most distinguished album covers in history, has died. He was 69.

The artist, whose album cover for Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon is widely seen as one the greatest album covers of all time, is understood to have been battling cancer and died peacefully surrounded by his family and friends.

In a 40-year career the designer was responsible for artwork for bands and musicians including Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. But it was Pink Floyd's 1973 album for which he became known.

Click here or on "View Images" for Thorgerson's work in pictures

In one of his last interviews with The Independent on Sunday last month, Mr Thorgerson said the acclaimed prism design was "not a favourite". "To be associated with such an amazing album is great. But from an artistic point of view, I'm more interested in photographs."

Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist Dave Gilmour said in a statement: "We first met in our early teens," he recalled. "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."

A statement on the Pink Floyd website said: "We are saddened by the news that long-time Pink Floyd graphic genius, friend and collaborator, Storm Thorgerson, has died. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."