By Steve Wiseman

Jon Lord of Deep Purple has died at the age of 71. The co-founder and keyboard player passed away on July 16th after suffering a fatal pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic, due to his long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Lord co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including “Smoke On The Water” and played with many bands and musicians including Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men, throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

A statement from his website reads simply: “Jon passes from Darkness to Light“.


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