LONDON — British rocker Jon Lord, former keyboardist for the band Deep Purple, died Monday. He was 71 years old.
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.
Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including "Smoke on the Water," and later had a successful solo career following his retirement from the band in 2002. The statement posted on Lord's website said he died "surrounded by his loving family."http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/jon-lord-dead-dies-deep-purple-guitarist-age-71_n_1677121.html