The Deep Purple co-founder passed away earlier today at the age of 71
A host of musicians and celebrities have paid tribute to Jon Lord of Deep Purple, who has died at the age of 71.
The co-founder and keyboard player with the metal pioneers passed away today (July 16) after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine said:
Richard Jones of Stereophonics commented:
Very sad to hear of Jon’s death, following his battle with the demon cancer. 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.
Jamie Cullum called the late star a ‘hero’, writing;
Actor Ewan McGregor also paid homage, saying:
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. He co-wrote many of the band’s songs, including the seminal ‘Smoke On The Water’ and was responsible for the legendary organ riff on ‘Child In Time’. Watch the track below.
He remained with the band when they reformed in 1984, until his retirement in 2002. He also worked with Whitesnake, Paice, Ashton And Lord, The Artwoods and Flower Pot Men.
A statement from his representatives reads simply: “Jon passes from Darkness to Light”.