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Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord dies at 71

Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Lord was diagnosed with a tumor in his pancreas in 2011, and he headed to Israel in February to undergo treatment. He was due to make his return in Hagen, Germany, earlier this month, but had to postpone the gig due to poor health.

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A statement released at the time read, "Jon wishes to assure everyone that this is not a matter for concern, but it is a continuation of his regular treatment that has just taken longer than anticipated. He and the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra hope to be able to reschedule the concert for later in the year."

However, Lord's condition took a turn for the worse, and he passed away Monday at a private hospital in London.

A post on his official website states, "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."

Jul 16, 2012 11:46AM

Made in Japan, one of the greatest live albums made. Still get chills when i listen to Highway Star, and due to Jon"s  keyboards!!

Thanks for the music and Inspiration Jon. Legends never die.
Jul 16, 2012 11:37AM

Amazing Keyboardist!!


The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is rediculous and don't deserve the greatness of DP!!!

Jul 16, 2012 11:35AM
Rest in Peace Jon Lord. Deep Purple was one of the greats and very underrated. They had great talent led by the great Ian Gillan and the magic keyboards of the great Jon Lord. He was a great musician and a great man. Another one of the "COOL GENERATION" taken too soon.!!!!
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