Stars Pay Tribute To Deep Purple Star Jon Lord

Slash and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello are amongst the stars that have paid tribute to Deep Purple’s Jon Lord, following his passing yesterday (16 July).  

The keyboard player, who co-wrote the rock classic ‘Smoke On The Water’, was diagnosed with a tumour in his pancreas in 2011 and he headed to Israel back in February to undergo specialist treatment.

A post on his official website states, “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”.

Slash took to Twitter, saying: “Sad day in Rock & Roll; Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal. One if a kind. RIP.”

While, Rage Against The Machine frontman Tom Morello tweeted: “RIP the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s cornerstone/keyboardist. So many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thankyou.”

Actor Ewan McGregor also paid his respects : “Deep Purple’s Jon Lord dies at 71. Jon played with my great friend Tony Ashton. They’ll be jamming upstairs now!”