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Jon Lord, founder and former keyboard member of Deep Purple, has died at the age of 71. He co-wrote many of Deep Purple's hits including 'Smoke On The Water'.
He was receiving treatment for a pancreatic cancer he has had since last August.
A statement was issued by his publicist stating that he had died at the London Clinic on Monday 16th July and was surrounded by his family.
Jon was born in Leicester on 9 June, 1941, he began playing piano and taking classical music lessons from a very early age.
He received a scholarship to drama school in London at the age of 19, during which time he began playing jazz and rhythm and blues in pub gigs.
Lord retired from Deep Purple in 2002.
R.I.P Jon Lord - Deep Purple (1941 - 2012)
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