Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain, with the year 2016 claiming another celebrity casualty. The 68 year old had suffered a heard attack in June, and was recuperating at his home in the Med. But, he died after suffering from an infection, said his manager.
The Rockin’ All Over The World star was rushed into hospital in Marbella on Thursday and died on Saturday, according to a statement released by his manager and his family. Rick leaves behind his third wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily, and his grown up children Rick Jnr and Harry.
His son Rick Jnr has already taken to social media to express his sorry, saying: “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 Padda Parf.”
Status Quo fronted one of the biggest shows in musical history in 1985 when they opened Live Aid in Wembley Stadium as part of a move to tackle poverty across the world. The band has a 15 minute slot, which opened the historic 16 hour long show. Fellow celebrities have have already started to pay tribute following Mr Parfitt’s death.
The Queen guitarist Brian May said he was shocked and saddened to hear of Mr Parfitt’s passing, adding: “You truly joyfully rocked our world.” Meanwhile, Midge Ure, who was one of the co-organisers of Live Aid, said the news was “dreadfully sad”.
Mr Parfitt had candidly spoken about drug taking and hard living in his days as a rock star and he had been plagued by health issues later in life. The musical legend was forced to pull out of a tour with the band after suffering a heart attack this summer. His manager Simon Porter revealed that he “died” for a numbe rof minutes after he suffered the heart attack, and that had affected him mentally.