Legendary guitarist Slash
(pictured below) (VELVET REVOLVER
, GUNS N' ROSES
) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE
keyboardist Jon Lord
"[It's a] sad day in rock and roll; Jon Lord
has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in heavy metal. One if a kind."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
played in WHITESNAKE
from 1978 to 1984, having appeared on the albums "Trouble"
, "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