Jon Lord of Deep Purple Has Died of Cancer
The music world has lost a legend. Deep Purple keyboardist, Jon Lord, has died after battling cancer for just over a year. He was 71 years old.
The diagnosis came in 2011 when a cancerous tumor was found on his pancreas. He had treatment in Israel just this past February but, sadly, it wasn’t enough.
Fans were hoping he would recover so that he would perform at a show in Hagen, Germany which was scheduled for July 12, 2012. Of course, his health was clearly too bad for that and a statement was issued: "Jon wishes to assure everyone that this is not a matter for concern, but it is a continuation of his regular treatment that has just taken longer than anticipated. He and the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra hope to be able to reschedule the concert for later in the year."
Unfortunately, that show will never come to fruition after he suffered a pulmonary embolism at a hospital in London on July 16th.
Lord’s official website confirmed the grim news:: "It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family."
Deep Purple was founded by Lord in 1968 and is most famous for songs like "Smoke on the Water," "Highway Star" and "Hush."
His fellow musicians have taken to Twitter to express their sadness. Here are some of the messages:
Slash: "[It's a] sad day in rock and roll; Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in heavy metal. One if a kind."
David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Deep Purple): "It was an absolute joy and pleasure for me to know him and to work alongside him. He is missed already."
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell): "very sad to hear of Jon's death, following his battle with the demon cancer. [He was] one of the great musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi recently worked with Jon, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."
Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater): "I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Lord. He was an inspiration to me!"
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne): "My condolences to Jon Lord's family, fans and friends on his passing. Jon, thank you for being a part of the soundtrack of my life."
May his family find peace during this difficult time.
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