It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon
Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism yesterday, Monday
16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic
cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.
A statement posted on his website yesterday declared that
Lord - who had said that writing music had been therapy through his
illness - had passed 'from Darkness to Light'.
Along with Ritchie Blackmore, he co-founded Deep Purple in 1968
and co-wrote many of the group's songs including Smoke On The
Water. He also played with bands including Whitesnake, The Kinks
and played alongside George Harrison and David Gilmour.
Lord was influenced by classical, blues and jazz but
played his Hammond organ with a blazing rock attitude and it was
his unique style that helped Deep Purple become known as pioneers
of progressive and heavy rock.
Tributes have been paid by musicians around the world including
one-time Deep Purple bandmate Joe Satriani, Iron Maiden and
Ex-Rage Against the Machine star Tom Morello wrote on Twitter:
"RIP the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple's cornerstone/keyboardist. So
many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his!
Former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman was a friend and said he
was "a great fan".
"We were going to write and record an album before he become
ill," he said. "His contribution to music and to classic rock was
immeasurable and I will miss him terribly."
Jon's solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually
retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
Our thoughts are with the Lord family at this time.
R.I.P. Jon Lord. 1941-2012