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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 18, 2012 4:08AM
RIP Jon Lord. You were one the greatest keyboardists of all time and the outdoor amphitheatre concert at the Reno Hilton in 2002 where you headlined with the Scorpions was kick ****!
Jul 17, 2012 5:41PM
One of the best key board players of rock. Jon Lord's style of playing established the distinct sound of Deep Purple. Space Truckin forever...RIP Mr. Lord
Jul 17, 2012 4:06PM

 RIP JonLord

Thank you for the music of Deep Purple

~:~made in Japan Album, rock on music world

Jul 17, 2012 2:32PM


Jul 17, 2012 1:12PM
my god he was one of the gifted keybord players he should have been already in the hall of fame along the rest of the band R.I.P the world wont be the same without him
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