Wednesday 24 January 2018

Deep Purple star Jon Lord dies, aged 71

Deep Purple's Jon Lord, who has died aged 71. Photo: PA
Deep Purple's Jon Lord, who has died aged 71. Photo: PA
Members of the band Deep Purple (from the left) Rod Evans, Jon Lord, Ritchie Blackmore, Nicky Simper and Ian Paice. Photo: PA

Robert Dex

ENGLISH rocker Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their most famous song, 'Smoke On The Water', has died aged 71.

The Leicester-born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London yesterday.

A statement on his website said he was "surrounded by his loving family" when he died.

Last year, Mr Lord told fans he was "fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure".

Deep Purple sold more than 100 million albums -- many featuring Lord's classically inspired keyboards.

The band split in 1976 and Mr Lord joined bandmate Ian Paice in Paice Ashton Lord before playing with Whitesnake. He returned to a reformed Deep Purple in 1984.

Irish Independent

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