Jon Lord has died from a health complication as a result of his fight with pancreatic cancer aged 71.
An official press statement says: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16 July, at the London Clinic after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
“The legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the band’s legendary songs including Smoke On The Water, and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.
“Jon passes from Darkness to Light.”
Tweets from fellow musicians:
RIP Jon Lord. What a great player.
RIP Jon Lord – too young at 71 :(
I’m saddened at the death of Jon Lord. A very nice man who brought the worlds of classical and rock music closer together.
For those unfamiliar with Jon Lord and Deep Purple, here’s a jolly ditty called Burn http://goo.gl/9SpuG
So sad. Jon Lord. R.I.P. Legend! Deep condolences to the Lords.
R.I.P the mighty Jon Lord. One of the great ones have left us, but the sound of his Hammond B3 and his music will live on forever.
RIP the master of the B3, Jon Lord, you influenced many with your contributions to music!
Sad day in Rock & Roll; Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal. One if a kind. RIP. iiii]; )’
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