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PASSINGS: Jon Lord, Bob Babbitt, Donald J. Sobol
PASSINGS: Jon Lord, Bob Babbitt, Donald J. Sobol

Jon Lord Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord, 71, a British keyboardist for Deep Purple and Whitesnake, died in London on Monday of a pulmonary embolism after a battle with pancreatic cancer, said a statement on his official website. Lord co-wrote some of Deep Purple's most famous tunes, including "Smoke on the Water," and later had a successful solo career after his retirement from the band in 2002. The Leicester, England-born musician got his start playing piano, first taking classical music lessons before shifting to rock 'n' roll. After moving to London to attend drama school, he joined blues band the Artwoods in 1964 and later toured with the Flowerpot Men...

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