Status Quo’s Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Status Quo performing songs from their new album 'Heavy Traffic' aboard HMS Ark Royal in Portsmouth Docks.

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

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

Parfitt’s musical partnership with Francis Rossi, which spanned five decades, made Status Quo one of British rock’s most enduring acts.

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

Status Quo found global success with hits including Rockin’ All Over The World.

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