Jon Lord, keyboardist of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, dies at 71
Sad news today: 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 Monday, reports the Associated Press. He was 71.
A statement on Lord's official website says the Leicester, England-born musician suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism in London after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
"Jon passed from Darkness to Light," the statement said.