It is with a heavy heart that I write that Jon Lord, keyboardist of Deep Purple, has passed away at the age of 71. He passed away after suffering from a pulmonary embolism. He had been in the hospital battling pancreatic cancer. His family was by his side.
The official Deep Purple Facebook page wrote, “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.”
Lord was one of the founding members of Deep Purple and a member during the infamous “Smoke On The Water” and “Child In Time” days.
My deepest condolences to his family and to the members of Deep Purple. The world lost a truly magnificent musician today and he shall be sorely missed. READ MORE
On May 6th, Who Cares, the musical supergroup featuring Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), and friends (including Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Linde Lindstrom (HIM), Jon Lord (Deep Purple), and many others), will release their debut digital single. The single pack will include two brand new songs entitled ‘Out Of My Mind‘ and ‘Holy Water‘. You can check out the music video for ‘Out Of My Mind‘ after the jump as well as a list of all the special guests on the two tracks.
The tracks were recorded as a means to raise funds to rebuild a music school in Armenia that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1988. Ian Gillan says, ”The idea came as Tony and I flew back from Yerevan together after being inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone there to get this thing done. It was brilliant working with Tony again after all these years; he makes life easy for a singer.”