Deep Purple's Jon Lord dies at 71

  • Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with rock band Deep Purple, has died at the age of 71 in London.

    Lord co-wrote many of the group's legendary songs including Smoke On The Water.

    He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August.

    He co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 and also played with bands including Whitesnake.

    Tributes have been paid on Twitter by musicians including former Deep Purple bandmate Joe Satriani and Iron Maiden.

    Born in Leicester, Lord learned to play the classical piano at an early age before his interest in rock and jazz was sparked by rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis and organist Jimmy Smith.

    Deep Purple sold a total of 150 million albums. Lord left the band in 2002 and signed to a classical music label.