English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, 69, whose eye-catching album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday.

Mr. Thorgerson's family said that his death "was peaceful and he was surrounded by family and friends." The statement gave few further details but said that the artist, who suffered a stroke in 2003, had been ill for some time.

Mr. Thorgerson is best known for his surreal Pink Floyd covers, which guitarist David Gilmour said had long been "an inseparable part of our work."

Some of Mr. Thorgerson's fronts - the disturbing image of a burning man in a business suit featured on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here or the stark prism on the band's Dark Side of the Moon - have become icons in their own right. - AP