Monday, July 16, 2012

Former Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Passes

Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer at age 71. A message at his web site states:
"It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, July 16th 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."
In so many ways, Deep Purple was one of the most influential bands on Heavy Metal, comparable with only Black Sabbath in their scope and reach into the future of music. A sad day for music...

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