Pioneering keyboardist Jon Lord has passed away at the age of 71. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since August 2011. Lord’s publicist issued the following statement:


“It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Jon was surrounded by his loving family.


“Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.


Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012. R.I.P.

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