BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward (pictured below) has released the following statement regarding the passing of former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord:
"My wife and I wish to respectfully send out condolences to the Lord family. News of the recent passing of Jon Lord has been met with sadness in our house. Reflecting upon his keyboard sounds, I must endorse how much he brought in originality and vision to the defining edge of hard rock. He is well-proven as a part of rock's historical journey and will not be forgotten.
"Thank you, Jon Lord. Rest in peace."