bassist Geezer Butler
(pictured below) has released the following statement:
"[I was] very sad to hear of [former DEEP PURPLE
] death, following his battle with the demon cancer. [He was] one of the great musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi
guitarist] recently worked with Jon
, and said what a lovely bloke he was. I met him a few times, but never got to work with him. Blessings."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.