Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died after suffering from a severe infection at the age of 68, his manager has said.

The veteran musician was taken into hospital in Marbella, Spain, on Thursday evening due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury.

He died there at lunchtime on Saturday, his manager and family said in a statement.

The statement said: “We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today.

“He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall.

“This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo.

“Rick is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily and Rick’s adult children Rick Jnr and Harry.

“No further comment will be made at this time and Rick’s family, and the band, ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”

Queen guitarist Brian May has led tributes to the rock star.

The long-time member of Status Quo was hailed by his long-haired contemporary, who said he “joyfully rocked our world”.

Parfitt’s son, Rick Jr, also paid his own emotional tribute online, writing that, although he was a rock star to many, to him “he was simply ‘Dad’, and I loved him hugely”.

Similar outpourings of sadness came from across the musical community, where he was praised as “a lovely man” and “one of the nicest guys in rock ‘n’ roll”.

May said: “Shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt. Hard to find words. You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy.”

One of the most celebrated live performances of Parfitt’s career came at Live Aid on July 13 1985, when he opened the historic 16-hour concert with Status Quo in a 15-minute slot at the original Wembley Stadium which was broadcast around the world.

The event’s co-organiser and fellow musician Midge Ure said: “Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies. Dreadfully sad. Lovely man. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.”

The band carved out a place in musical history with their thumping rock sound, which shot them to stardom in the 1970s.

Rock star Peter Frampton, who also found success during that era, tweeted: “So sad to hear this. Rick Parfitt Rest In Peace”.