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Jon Lord Tributes Flood in Following Death of Deep Purple Founder

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Following the death of Deep Purple founder & rock colossus Jon Lord, the music world have been paying tributes to the storied and influential career of the Leicester born musician. 

Artists from all four corners of the globe have took to their Twitter, Facebook Pages and Blogs to tell of their sorrow for the late Deep Purple & Whitesnake keys-man.

Fellow Deep Purple bandmate,  Ritchie Blackmore said: "Without Jon there would be no Deep Purple. He lives on in our hearts and memories."

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler posted online: "Very sad to hear of Jon's death, following his battle with the demon cancer. One of the greatest musicians of my generation. Tony Iommi 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."

Accept bassist Peter Baltes told Blabbermouth: "Just like Ronnie [James Dio] was the master on vocals, Jon Lord was the kind on the Hammond organ … R.I.P. Jon Lord. I grew up on Deep Purple. He was truly the best … [It's a] very sad day for rock."

Slash added: "Sad day in rock and roll. Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal. One of a kind. RIP."

Bryan Adams paid tribute online. He wrote: "RIP Jon Lord - incredible organist for Deep Purple, one of my fave bands growing up."

The Kinks posted: "RIP Jon Lord. A fantastic pianist and composer. With The Kinks, he played keyboards on You Really Got Me. Legend."

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider tweeted: "What an amazing musician and a true gentleman. We lost a great one. RIP."

Richard Jones of Welsh band Stereophonics tweeted: "Deep Purple in Rock was the first album I bought. RIP Jon Lord. Legend! RJ x.

Former Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman said: "I was first made aware of Jon with Shades Of Deep Purple in the mid 1960s and I was a great fan. We became great friends and wrote stuff for (regular fundraising event) Sunflower Jam. And we were going to write and record an album before he become ill."

Ex-Genesis man Steve Hackett said: "I'm saddened at the death of Jon Lord. A very nice man who brought the worlds of classical and rock music closer together.

Steve Lukather: "My heartfelt RIP to Jon Lord.. A massive influence of all musicians of my generation and beyond.."

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello posted: "RIP the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple's cornerstone/keyboardist. So many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thankyou."

Iron Maiden tweeted: "Very sad to hear that Jon Lord has passed away."

Joe Bonamassa said: "I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Jon Lord today. One of the nicest and most talented people Ive ever met. Rest in Peace." 

Photo: Paul Baldwin/EMPICS Entertainment

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