Yesterday, July 16th a true legend of the rock scene, Ex-Deep Purple, Whitesnake (among others) keyboardist Jon Lord sadly passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer that begun in 2011. Lord was supposed to return to the live circuit in Hagen, Germany on the 12th of this month but poor health prevented such an event and ever since the keyboardists health has been on a steady decline.
A post upon his official website reads: “It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family”
Lord was responsible for founding and leading Deep Purple during their lesser known years and being present when the band created some of their most classic material such as “Deep Purple In Rock”, “Fireball” and “Machine Head”, as well as being part of the highly revered English rock band Whitesnake from 1978 to 1984. Rejoining Deep Purple in 1984, Lord also went on to produce several solo works and collaborate with some of music’s best known figures, including his latest super-group project “Whocares” which featured, amongst others Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell fame. R.I.P Jon Lord my condolences to your family & friends.
In tribute one of my Favourite Deep Purple songs ‘Black Night’