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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died at the age of 68, after suffering from a severe infection.

 

According to Rick's manager, the musician was admitted to hospital in Spain on Thursday, and died this afternoon.

 

The guitarist fell ill due to complications with a pre-existing injury in his shoulder.

 

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The family of the late musician released aa statement earlier today, where they said:

 

"We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away."

 

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"He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo."

 

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Rick is survived by his wife Lyndsay, and his four children Tommy, Lily, Rick Junior and Harry.

 

Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

 

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