Jon Lord (71), legendary Deep Purple keyboard player, "passes from Darkness to Light"

Performed in front of a live TV audience, Deep Purple storm through 'Child In Time', featuring the classic Mark II line up of Gillan/Glover/Lord/Paice/Blackmore:

From Jon Lord's official website:

Jon Lord has sadly passed away, July 16, 2012

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family.

Jon Lord, the legendary keyboard player with Deep Purple co-wrote many of the bands legendary songs including Smoke On The Water and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

Best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra first performed at Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969 and conducted by the renowned Malcolm Arnold, a feat repeated in 1999 when it was again performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the London Symphony Orchestra and Deep Purple.

Jon’s solo work was universally acclaimed when he eventually retired from Deep Purple in 2002.

Jon passes from Darkness to Light.

Jon Lord 9 June 1941 – 16 July 2012.

Here is a short clip of Jon Lord receiving and responding to the presentation of the Honorary Degree (Doctor of Music) from the University of Leicester, 2011:

I had the chance to see Jon Lord at a Deep Purple concert in 2001, and he was truly amazing.

Related reading:

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Jon Lord obituary | Music | The Guardian -
BBC News - Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at 71 -
Malc Deakin talks to Jon Lord on Vimeo -
Jon Lord death: Deep Purple founder dies aged 71 | Mail Online -
Jon Lord & Steve Balsamo "Child In Time", May 2010 - YouTube
BBC's Last Word: Ritchie Blackmore, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Barton pay tribute to Jon Lord. Also, Jon on how he'd like to be remembered.
GTFM's Jon Lord Special by Andy Fox
'80s - Jon Lord Interview - Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine
Steve Morse on Jon Lord - YouTube
Free unreleased Jon Lord concert online -- The Trondheim Experiment
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