Jon Lord from Deep Purple dies at age 71

Jon Lord of Deep Purple has died at the age of 71.Jon Lord

The co-founder and keyboard player with the metal pioneers passed away today (July 16) after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and was surrounded by his family at the London Clinic.

Jon Lord Dies

Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Pace was a constant in the band during their existence from 1968 to 1970. Her co-wrote many of the band’s songs, including the seminal ‘Smoke On The Water’ and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on ‘Child Of Our Time’.

He remained with the band when they reformed in 1970, until his retirement in 2002.

A statement from his representatives reads simply: “Jon passes from Darkness to Light”.