Musicians all over the world are paying tribute to Deep Purple founder Jon Lord who passed away today at the age of 71.

Lord, the keyboard player for Deep Purple and later Whitesnake, had a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Artists have taken to Twitter to pay their respects.

Here is a sample of what they have said:

Geezer Butler: RIP Jon Lord

Whitesnake: God bless you Mr. Jon Lord. Hasta siempre maestro Jon Lord”.

Krist Novoselic: Deep Purple’s Jon Lord Dies — King of Heavy Hammond Sound.

Dee Snider: I just found out that Jon Lord from Deep Purple passed away. What an amazing musician and a true gentleman. We lost a great one…RIP

Slash: Sad day in Rock & Roll; Jon Lord has passed on. One of the biggest, baddest, heaviest sounds in Heavy Metal. One if a kind. RIP. iiii]; )’

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

Ewan McGregor: Deep Purple’s Jon Lord dies at 71. Jon played with my great friend Tony Ashton. They’ll be jamming upstairs now!

Stereophonics: Deep Purple in Rock was the 1st album I bought. RIP Jon Lord. Legend! RJ x

Steve Hackett: 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..

Tom Morello: RIP the great Jon Lord, Deep Purple’s cornerstone/keyboardist. So many great great songs and that incredible SOUND of his! Thankyou.

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

Joe Bonamassa: 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.

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