Renowned British rocker Jon Lord, the keyboardist whose powerful, driving tones helped turn Deep Purple and Whitesnake into two of the most popular hard rock acts in a generation, died at the age 71.
The keyboard player, who co-wrote many of the heavy rock band’s legendary songs including Smoke On The Water, had pancreatic cancer. In this connection, a statement posted on his website Wednesday declared that Lord – who had said that writing music had been therapy through his illness – had passed ‘from Darkness to Light’.
The musician, who had enjoyed success in the last decade as a classical composer, suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism at a private clinic in London.
While, his publicist pointed out that he was surrounded by his family. Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968, and along with drummer Ian Paice was a constant in the band during their existence from 1968 to 1976. Her co-wrote many of the band’s songs which especially include the seminal ‘Smoke On The Water’ and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on ‘Child In Time’.
Lord’s place in the band was taken, amicably, by Don Airey Lord founded Deep Purple in 1968 and it went on to be one of the world’s most successful rock bands, selling more than 100 million albums.