Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Dies Aged 68

24 December 2016, 16:42 | Updated: 24 December 2016, 17:16

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The guitarist has died in hospital in Spain, after a severe infection following complications to a shoulder injury.

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt has died, aged 68.

An official statement from the guitarist's manager has confirmed he died today (24 December) from a severe infection, following complications from a previous shoulder injury.

The statement reads: "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."

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

Parfitt announced in October that he would no longer be performing with the band after suffering from a heart attack in the summer.

His partnership with Quo lead singer Francis Rossi spanned over five decades, making them the core members of the much-loved band-with Parfitt even penning some of their biggest hits.

The guitarist was due to launch a solo career in 2017, with an album and autobiography planned for the new year.

Tributes have already begun to pour in for the Whatever You Want star, with his son Rick Parfitt Jnr leading the tweets, writing: "I cannot describe the sadness I feel right now. To many he was a rock star, to me he was simply 'Dad', and I loved him hugely. RIP Pappa Parf."

Queen guitarist Brian May wrote: "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"

Former England footballer and broadcaster Gary Lineker added: "The year in which the Status Quo has shifted in so many ways ends with the loss of Rick Parfitt. How terribly sad. #RIP"

Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp also paid tribute, writing: "RIP you lovely man Rick Parfitt! You rocked all around the world and back again!! One of rocks great characters you will be missed!"

Meanwhile, Status Quo's official website has been changed to an image of the rocker, his name and the dates 1948-2016.