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Former Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Passes Away Aged 71

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Former Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, who was with the band from 1968 until 2002, has passed away at the age of 71, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. A message from his official website reads as follows:

"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.

"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.

"Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

"Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

"Jon Lord - June 9, 1941 – July 16, 2012."

Jon Lord was born in the East Midlands city of Leicester in 1941 and originally intended on becoming an actor, moving to London to do so in his late teenage years. A highly skilled musician, he joined a number of London jazz bands before forming the now legendary band Deep Purple in 1968 with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, drummer Ian Paice, singer Rod Evans and bass player Nick Simpler. He was also a member of Whitesnake from 1978 until 1984 and released two studio albums, "Beyond The Notes" and "To Notice Such Things" after his retirement from Deep Purple in 2002. Most recently, he had been working with the supergroup WhoCares, which features his former bandmate Ian Gillan, as well as Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain.

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1. MAX69 writes:

R.I.P. Lord Jon. Another elder statesman of Rock leaves the hall.....

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Son of a Binch writes:

Wow, I didn't expect to hear this. R.I.P. Jon. Your legacy with Deep Purple will live on forever.

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R10 writes:

RIP,to a legend in heavy music! My first introduction to DP was the "Perfect Strangers" album i bought when in high school. Led me to dig deeper and purchase thier older classics. Never saw DP live,a shame. But the older i get,the more appreciative of the classics ive become.

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 4:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

Amen, post #2. By the way, your name "Son of a Binch" is funny.

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Malevolent6 writes:

RIP Jon Lord

May your Highway Star light the Black Night

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Robin writes:

Magician Jon Lord chilled my bones with his fantastic play on keyboards and piano since the end of the sixties.
I have been fortunate to see him play many times and always have been a great fan of him. So sad that he has passed away having this horrible disease. May his legend live forever, rest in peace my friend.

# Jul 16, 2012 @ 7:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. PHI writes:

Lord and master of the keyboard RIP Jon.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 4:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. ZMA writes:

Much respect to Lord and his family. RIP.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Exalt writes:

The saddest part about this, is that his death will not be as widespread as someone like Amy Winehouse. Jon Lord has achieved so much in his career, and left behind an amazing legacy. To such an extent that Amy Winehouse or the other bird who passed away cannot touch.

But then again it may be best for Jon's death to be mourned by the people who were truly fans of his work, and inspired by it.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. spiral_architect writes:

@R10: MY INTRO TO DEEP PURPLE WAS THE PERFECT STRANGERS TAPE WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL TOO. I NOW KEEP THE PERFECT STRANGERS CD IN MY TRUCK CD HOLDER, ALONG WITH OTHER METAL CLASSICS. WHEN I LEARNED OF JON LORD'S PASSING, I DROVE AROUND AND LISTENED TO THIS CLASSIC DEEP PURPLE ALBUM. R.I.P. JON LORD. YOUR PLAYING AND CRACKED KEYBOARD TONE WERE EPIC!

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 3:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. duncan hills writes:

let's hope he's cranking up the keyboard through the big marshall stack in the sky.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 6:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. DixieSkumLord666 writes:

I was never a huge deep purple fan but smoke on the water and highway star are classics. Rock in Peace Mr. Lord.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. DixieSkumLord666 writes:

I was never a huge deep purple fan but smoke on the water and highway star are classics. Rock in Peace Mr. Lord.

# Jul 17, 2012 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. johny.srg writes:

RIP,for my lovely Jon Lord
I wish God rest his soul.

# Jul 18, 2012 @ 5:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. punisherdeath666 writes:

Jon will be sorely missed it's just sad to see a wonderful musician go:( RIP Jon

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