Artist Storm Thorgerson Dead At 69

Frances the Mute

An artist whose work you undoubtedly know well has died.

The BBC reports iconic graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, who made the cover art for albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, and the Mars Volta, died at the age of 69.

His family released a statement saying he passed away peacefully on Thursday, surrounded by relatives and friends.

“He had been ill for some time with cancer though he had made a remarkable recovery from his stroke in 2003,” the statement said.

“He is survived by his mother Vanji, his son Bill, his wife Barbie Antonis and her two children Adam and Georgia.”

David Gilmour of Pink Floyd said in his own statement: “We first met in our early teens. 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.”

My favorite cover he shot — for the Mars Volta album Frances the Mute — is attached to this post.

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