Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies at 68

He died after suffering from a severe infection

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies at 68

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Singer and guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken into hospital in Marbella, Spain, on Thursday evening due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury.

He died during lunchtime on Saturday, as his family and his manager revealed in a statement.

"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."

The statement continued "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."

They then asked that the privacy of Rick’s family, and the band be respected at this difficult time.