Sadly, we have to announce the passing of Jon Lord, former keyboard player of Deep Purple, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th of July, at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord co-wrote many of the band's legendary songs including "Smoke On The Water" and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career, including Whitesnake, but he retired from Deep Purple in 2002. Lord was also a celebrated composer. Since retiring from Deep Purple, Lord released two classical albums: Durham Concerto (2008) and To Notice Such Things (2010).

[Thanks to Marcel Hubregtse]

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Posted: 16.07.2012 by BloodTears


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Reza - 16.07.2012 at 21:26  
Red_Travis - 16.07.2012 at 21:30  
Cüca Beludö - 16.07.2012 at 21:45  
Man, what sad news.
Lit. - 16.07.2012 at 21:55  
R.I.P. You godlike keyboard player.
BrightNight - 16.07.2012 at 21:55  
Another legend has passed
Cynic Metalhead - 16.07.2012 at 22:03  
RIP Sir.
Angelic Storm - 16.07.2012 at 22:04  
Sadly we are now entering a time when we will lose more of our most cherished and loved musiciands at a faster rate.

RIP Jon lord, the keyboard wizard, your timeless music with Purple will live on forever. \m/
J. N. - 16.07.2012 at 22:14  
Written by Angelic Storm on 16.07.2012 at 22:04
Sadly we are now entering a time when we will lose more of our most cherished and loved musiciands at a faster rate.

2010 and onwards sucks so far.
Tranquillizer - 16.07.2012 at 22:16  
Deep Purple was the first rock band I ever heard when my uncle played Fireball to me when I was about 6.
For that I will always remember him.
BynersA7X - 16.07.2012 at 22:18  
Sad :/
Michaelgpc - 16.07.2012 at 22:18  
Jon Lord....a real legend....RIP
Rojin - 16.07.2012 at 22:28  
Dark Seraphim - 16.07.2012 at 22:43  
R.I.P. Another legend passes
Mattybu - 16.07.2012 at 22:50  
Rest in peace Jon.
PocketMetal - 16.07.2012 at 23:04  

I don't know him well but lots of respect .
serega25 - 16.07.2012 at 23:11  
Unna Med - 16.07.2012 at 23:33  
First Dio, now Lord...Goddamn, 2010s are going to be a real shitbunch of years
At least, now he rests in peace. God, I hope he does!
Baz Anderson - 16.07.2012 at 23:42  
Very sad, but time just doesn't stop...
The Shape 1973 - 16.07.2012 at 23:44  
Metal has been around over 40 years. The pioneers are all approaching 70+. It shows that metal has staying power and will live on with their legacy.

Purple were in that first batch of breakthrough bands and their influence is there for all to see. Good night Jon.
Ottir - 16.07.2012 at 23:56  
This man was part of our history. Jon gave us great music, we shall never forgot his talent. Time never stands still. In a moment like this only thought I have is to take from life as much as you can. Dont wait, there is always your time.
exomorphyx89 - 17.07.2012 at 00:05  
R.I.P. keyboard "Lord"!!
Ocean Sage - 17.07.2012 at 00:10  
This is very sad. I hope he rests in peace and I thank him for his work. We will miss you.
Ace Frawley - 17.07.2012 at 00:27  
This is sad news indeed. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. I think Jon Lord was a pioneer with his incorporating of keyboards into hard rock music. I'll listen to some Deep Purple today and remember how good he was. He certainly entertained a lot of people with his wild keyboard playing.
Valentin B - 17.07.2012 at 00:36  
I'm sad about this, but I guess that we should get used to it. Dio and him had been having health problems for quite a while, fortunately Iommi appears to have been spared for now.
AngelofDeth - 17.07.2012 at 00:43  
Written by Valentin B on 17.07.2012 at 00:36

I'm sad about this, but I guess that we should get used to it. Dio and him had been having health problems for quite a while, fortunately Iommi appears to have been spared for now.

Yes i think we should get used to this, all these legends of the past/present are getting very old and will continue to die off one by one over the next couple decades, and eventually none will be left from the early years of metal, We need to fully enjoy these musicians while we can. RIP John
gav1230 - 17.07.2012 at 00:44  
The gods are dying out
Promonex - 17.07.2012 at 00:44  
The hammond intro of "Perfect Strangers" has always sent chills down my spine. It will do so even more from now on. Rest in peace, Jon, and thank you for leaving us that legacy of yours.
gav1230 - 17.07.2012 at 00:45  
The gods are dying out
Tornado Of Souls - 17.07.2012 at 01:15  
R.I.P Jon, he was a vital part of so many brilliant albums.
renai - 17.07.2012 at 01:22  
R.i.P they slowly form supergroup over there...
JohnDoe - 17.07.2012 at 02:52  
I am speechless at this sad news; listening to Deep Purple - Anthem from 1968 right now.
Winterthrone - 17.07.2012 at 03:16  
Hail John Lord! May your memory never die!
cancel - 17.07.2012 at 03:39  
Rest In Peace, my God keyboard player...
Dark Blood - 17.07.2012 at 03:47  
Another legend gone. But his legacy will remain forever. RIP.
Cüca Beludö - 17.07.2012 at 03:54  
He left a wonderful legacy behind, his music. RIP
Fredd - 17.07.2012 at 03:56  
He lives in the music he's created.
Boxcar Willy - 17.07.2012 at 04:00  
RIP :'(
Big-Al - 17.07.2012 at 07:47  
Nefarious - 17.07.2012 at 07:53  
RIP Jon & thanks for the brilliant music.
Void Eater - 17.07.2012 at 08:17  
PPRockMusic - 17.07.2012 at 09:39  
.....wha... what?!

R.I.P man.
HellriderRising - 17.07.2012 at 12:12  
Cuñat - 17.07.2012 at 15:08  
RIP . He's a legend, he will never truly die.
Barbar - 17.07.2012 at 18:18  
Farewell Mr.Jon Lord...:(
AnGina-- - 17.07.2012 at 19:09  
RIP Jon Lord, and may your suffering be over. You will always be remembered through the music. It saddens me so, when people suffer from cancer.
GoldenGod2112 - 17.07.2012 at 20:18  
RIP. One of the greatest keyboardists of all time.
Azarath - 17.07.2012 at 21:43  
Very tragic news. Jon Lord's Hammond growl was integral to Deep Purple's music, and the interplay between Lord and Blackmore gave the band its signature sound.

Here's a clip of Purple in full flight, with an extended solo spot for Lord that finds him molesting his instruments.

Rest in Peace Jon.

Kurty Wurty - 18.07.2012 at 01:32  
Oh Lord, Rest In Peace....
Fredd - 18.07.2012 at 04:21  
Deep Purple - Founding Member Jonathan Douglas "Jon" Lord Passes Away Aged 71
[Thanks to Marcel Hubregtse]

You killed the man, Marcel?
mikeprado30 - 18.07.2012 at 06:28  
One more to the eternal glory...

Now he will be doing amazing music together with Richard Wright and learning eternally from Beethoven...

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