Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

47 of 186: Jon Lord, a founding member of legendary hard rock band Deep Purple, died at age 71 on July 16, 2012 after battling pancreatic cancer.

The sad news was announced on the musician's website.

'It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jon Lord, who suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism today, Monday, 16th July at the London Clinic, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jon was surrounded by his loving family,' the message said, adding: 'Jon passes from Darkness to Light.'

(Pictured: Jon Lord, formerly of Deep Purple, performs at a solo concert in Hannover, Germany on Feb. 9, 2005.) (flickr.com/photos/gerriet/)