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Deep Purple's Jon Lord passes away in London

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Jon Lord, British rocker, composer, former keyboardist for the band 'Deep Purple', died on Monday, July 16 at the London Clinic. He was 71 years old.

According to a statement released on Lord's official website, the England-born musician and composer suffered a severe pulmonary embolism in London on Monday and died after a long drawn battle with pancreatic cancer. The statement also said that Jon Lord died "surrounded by his loving family".

Jon Lord, who co-wrote few of Deep Purple's all time popular tunes, including 'Smoke on the Water', went on to have a very successful career after he split from the band in the year 2002.

Jon Lord was born in Leicester on 9 June 1941 to his parents Miriam (1912-1995, née Hudson) and Reg. He began studying classical piano since the age of five, and those influences are a recurring trademark in his work.

The music composer is survived by his two daughters (Amy with second wife Vickie and Sara with his first wife Judith Feldman).

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