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    Tue, 17 Jul 2012 09:37:14

    Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dies of Cancer - He was 71

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    Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord has died of cancer. He was 71-years-young.

    Lord was diagnosed with a tumor in his pancreas in 2011 and even headed to Israel this past February to seek treatment with a specialist. He passed away on Monday (July 16) at a private hospital in London.

    "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," read a post on his website.

    We are glad his family was with him when he went.

    R.I.P, John Lord.

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