POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 8:34am
NBC News — John Lord, keyboardist for the rock band Deep Purple, has died in London, according to a statement posted on his official web site monday. The statement said Lord suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism and passed away at a clinic after a long battle with cancer.
Lord co-wrote many of the band's classic hits like "Smoke on the Water" and went on to play with many other bands and musicians during his career. He also pioneered the fusing of rock and orchestral music with his "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" which was performed by Deep Purple and the Royal Philharmonic in 1969. John Lord was 71 years old.