Deep Purple's Jon Lord Dead At 71
July 16, 2012 at 11:44 AM (PT)
JON LORD, the co-founder and keyboard player with heavy metal pioneers DEEP PURPLE, passed away today (July 16th) after suffering a pulmonary embolism, NME reports. LORD had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
LORD co-founded DEEP PURPLE in 1968 with drummer IAN PACE. He co-wrote many of the band's songs, including "Smoke On The Water."
He reps offered a succinct statement: "JON passes from Darkness to Light."