Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Parfitt dies in hospital in Spain as a result of severe infection following complications arising from shoulder injury

The Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died at the age of 68 after suffering from a severe infection.

Parfitt was taken to hospital in Marbella, Spain, on Thursday evening due to complications arising from a pre-existing shoulder injury. He died there at lunchtime on Saturday, his manager and family said in a statement.

We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today, the statement said. 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 Quos 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.

It added: Rick is survived by his wife, Lyndsay, their twins, Tommy and Lily, and Ricks adult children, Rick Jr and Harry. No further comment will be made at this time and Ricks family and the band ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

Parfitts son, Rick Parfitt Jr, tweeted:

Rick Parfitt Jnr (@RickParfittJnr)

I cannot describe the sadness I feel right now. To many he was a rockstar, to me he was simply ‘Dad’, and I loved him hugely. RIP Pappa Parf

December 24, 2016

The Surrey-born guitarist had been dogged by health concerns for years, most recently pulling out of the bands tour after a heart attack over the summer. Parfitts manager, Simon Porter, said at the time that he had died for several minutes.

Parfitt underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1997. Doctors told Parfitt then that his lifestyle involving touring, drink and drugs could kill him. He cut down on his vices but vowed not to become a born-again Christian and continued to enjoy the odd pint.

Status Quo found success globally with hits such as Rockin All Over The World and Whatever You Want. In 2015 the band passed a milestone enjoyed by only a handful of musicians: 500 weeks in the UK album charts.

After news of Parfitts death, the bands official website was updated to show a full-screen picture of him on stage.

He joins a long list of celebrated musicians to have died in 2016, including David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen.

Other celebrities paid tribute to Parfitt on social media:

Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay)

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. Bri

December 24, 2016

Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan)

RIP Rick Parfitt, 68.
Status Quo rock star & great guy.
2016 claims another music legend.

December 24, 2016

Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp)

RIP you lovely man Rick Parfitt!
You rocked all around the world and back again!!
One of rocks great characters you will be missed!

December 24, 2016

William Regal (@RealKingRegal)


p lang=”en” dir=”ltr” class=”tweet-body”>Sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt of Status Quo.Wether you liked them or not,if you are British you knew them.They had a great run.

December 24, 2016

Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh)

Thinking back to my early-teens, buying a denim waistcoat. Because: the Quo. RIP Rick Parfitt…

December 24, 2016

James Buckley (@James_Buckley)

Very Sad. Check out how cool these cats were. One of my favourite songs #RickParfitt

December 24, 2016

Angela Rayner MP (@AngelaRayner)


p lang=”en” dir=”ltr” class=”tweet-body”>So sorry to hear that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away. Wonderful musician and a great talent

December 24, 2016

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