Tributes are being paid to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt who has died in Spain at the age of 68.
A statement from his manager said
the veteran British rocker died in hospital in Marbella “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”.
Status Quo, led by Parfitt and Francis Rossi, won global fame with hits like ‘Whatever You Want,’ ‘In the Army Now’ and ‘Rockin all Over the World’.
But after longstanding health problems, including a heart attack this summer, Parfitt, a father of young twins as well as grown-up children, pulled out of the band’s tours on medical advice.
The statement from his manager Simon Porter added:
“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.”
“Live Aid” was a high point for Status Quo. Fellow guitar legend Brian May from Queen which also gave a memorable performance at the 1980s charity concert, tweeted: “You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy”.
Other musicians, including Midge Ure of Ultravox, who co-organised Live Aid in 1985, and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp, paid their tributes to the guitar legend.