English rocker Jon Lord, who founded Deep Purple and co-wrote their most famous song, Smoke On The Water, has died aged 71.
The Leicester-born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London on Monday.
A statement on his website said he had passed "from Darkness to Light", and that he was "surrounded by his loving family" when he died.
Last year, Lord told fans he was "fighting cancer and will therefore be taking a break from performing while getting the treatment and cure".
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