Iconic British musician Jon Lord has passed away at the age of 71. You’re tuned in to ClevverMusic. Jon Lord, the British keyboardist who cofounded the pioneering hard-rock band Deep Purple passed away in London on Monday from a pulmonary embolism after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was 71.
Jon Lord wrote many of Deep Purple’s hit songs including “Smoke on the Water” and infused his blues and jazz influence into the band. He remained in the group despite numerous personnel changes until it disbanded in 1976, and joined back up when they reunited in 1984.
Musical genius Jon also played for other bands such as Whitesnake and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. In a message on Deep Purple’s official Facebook page a message wrote, “Our most heartfelt sympathies go to his family. Jon Lord, a giant among men.”
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