Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies

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24 December 2016

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died in hospital in Spain aged 68, his manager has said.

He died from a severe infection after being admitted to hospital on Thursday following complications to a shoulder injury.

Parfitt had been due to launch a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017.

He has suffered a series of health problems including having to undergo a quadruple heart bypass in 1997.

In October, the musician said he would no longer be performing with his band after suffering from a heart attack in the summer.