Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies

2012-07-17 08:40
London - British rocker Jon Lord, former keyboardist for the band Deep Purple, has died. He was 71 years old.

A statement on Lord's official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London on Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including Smoke on the Water, and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002.

The statement posted on Lord's website said he died "surrounded by his loving family".


  • charmaine.louw.104 - 2012-07-17 08:46


      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-17 09:15

      Yes indeed. So many from that era gone now.

      sukhoipakfa - 2012-07-17 10:36

      Best keyboardist ever.RIP Jon Lord.

  • seymour.howe - 2012-07-17 17:31

    Grew up on that stuff - R.I.P. John

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