Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies age 71
Jon Lord - co-founder and keyboard player of metal pioneers Deep Purple - passed has passed beyond the Great Divide today, July 16th 2012
Jon - the father of the after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and was surrounded by his family at the London Clinic.
Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Paice was a constant in the band during their existence from 1968 to 1976. He co-wrote many of the band's ballads, including the seminal 'Smoke On The Water' and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on 'Child In Time'.
He remained with the band when they reformed in 1984, until his retirement in 2002.
A statement on his website reads simply: "Jon passes from Darkness to Light".
"Jon was surrounded by his loving family," the statement added.
I worshipped this band . . . their legendary ballads inspire me in my warrior exploits to this day . . . they are the original Iron Vikings from Hell heavy metal rock band . . . today my heart is sad . . .
- STORMBRINGER SENDS