Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies
The announcement was made by his manager and family, stating he passed away from complications from a severe infection stemmed by a shoulder injury.
The statement also says Rick was looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities.
Parfitt's partnership with lead singer Francis Rossi became the core of Status Quo, with Parfitt joining in 1967 when the band formally known as The Spectres/Traffic Jam, became Status Quo.
RIP Rick Parfitt. He once stood next to me at a urinal and said "This must be where the big nobs hang out". 1/2— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) December 24, 2016
As the band’s guitarist and one of their songwriters, Parfitt co-penned some of the band’s biggest tracks including ‘Whatever You Want’.
Status Quo last toured Australia in 2013, with shows in Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, plus performances at Bluesfest in Byron Bay and the Blues and Roots Festival in Deniliquin. The British band is anticipated to return to Australia in 2017.
Parfitt suffered a heart attack in 2014, causing the band to cancel shows for their reunion tour. He later left the band’s touring activities on medical advice. In 1997, he had a quadruple bypass and another heart attack in 2011.
His manager said Parfitt is survived by his wife Lyndsay and their four children.