Syd Barrett's 70th birthday marked with website launch

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Syd Barrett's 70th birthday marked with website launch

Syd Barrett's 70th birthday has been marked with the launch of a new website featuring unseen family pictures.

The late Pink Floyd legend - who performed with the iconic prog rock group between 1965 to 1968 - died of pancreatic cancer in July of 2006 and would have turned 70 on Wednesday (06.01.16).

His career - including his time with former bandmates Roger Waters and Nick Mason - will be showcased with the release of never-seen-before photos and "unique resources" giving fans an insight to the life of the legendary musician and painter's life.

Never-before-seen photos from his childhood will also be shared online.

The official website, sydbarrett.com, has been created by his family and friends and was launched 12pm on his birth date.

Syd's nephew Ian Barrett, commented: "2016 promises to be an exciting year for Syd Barrett's fans and we hope that in keeping with my uncle's talents, this online resource will act as a springboard, inspiring a new generation of artists, both musical and visual."

One of the photos is a black and white shot of a younger Syd posing next to a chimpanzee.

The design of the website has been made in-keeping with the rock star's favourite colour, indigo and provides an intimate insight for Syd's fans.

The site will eventually be filled with memories of Syd and will be regularly updated with exclusive material such as, reviews, features from celebrity guest writers and more images.