Monday, July 16, 2012
DEEP PURPLE's Jon Lord Loses Battle To Cancer - Rock In Peace!
Today is a sad day in music, Jon Lord of Deep Purple has died at the age of 71. The co-founder and keyboard player with the Heavy Metal pioneers passed away today (July 16) after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Earlier this year, Lord was diagnosed as suffering from pancreatic cancer, a normally swiftly developing and deadly form of cancer. Lord was was surrounded by his family at the London Clinic. A statement from his representatives reads simply: "Jon passes from Darkness to Light". To this, the Deep Purple camp added:
"We are all deeply saddened by the news that Jon Lord has passed away today at the age of 71 after suffering a pulmonary embolism. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and was surrounded by his family at the London Clinic. Our most heartfelt sympathies go to his family. Jon Lord, a giant among men."
Our deepest condolences go out to the Lord family, Lords' friend, fans, and all of the Deep Purple camp.
Renowned for his fusion of Rock and classical or baroque forms, he was perhaps best known for his Orchestral work 'Concerto For Group And Orchestra' first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold. The feat was repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.
He also worked with Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
Stay tuned for more information about the passing of Jon Lord!
Jon Lord's Official Site
Deep Purple's Official Site