Internationally renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa (pictured below; BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE/WHITESNAKE keyboardist Jon Lord:
“I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Jon Lord today. [He was] one of the nicest and most talented people I’ve ever met. Rest in peace.”
Jon Lord died earlier today (Monday, July 16) in a U.K. hospital at the age of 71. He suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was “surrounded by his loving family,” a message on his official web site said.
In addition to DEEP PURPLE, Lord played in WHITESNAKE — the band led by ex-PURPLE singer David Coverdale — from 1978 to 1984, having appeared on the albums “Trouble”, “Lovehunter”, “Ready An’ Willing”, “Come An’ Get It”, “Saints Sinners” and “Slide It In”.
Jon Lord is survived by his wife Vickie and two daughters — Amy and Sara.