Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies in hospital in Spain at 68


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Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain after suffering a severe infection, his manager has said.

The 68-year-old guitarist had been taken to hospital in Marbella on Thursday, “following complications to a shoulder injury”.

The Surrey-born musician had recently pulled out of a Status Quo tour after suffering a heart attack in the summer.

At the time his manager, Simon Porter, said Parfitt had “died” for several minutes, and the episode had affected him mentally.

There had been health concerns for years. In 1997, Parfitt underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery following decades of touring with the band.

Nevertheless, he still enjoyed the “odd pint” and said he would not be becoming a “born-again Christian”.