Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The Sta­tus Quo gui­tarist passed away in hos­pi­tal in Spain on Christ­mas Eve at the age of 68, his man­ager and fam­ily con­firmed in a state­ment. They said: “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. “This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely look­ing for­ward to launch­ing a solo ca­reer with an al­bum and au­to­bi­og­ra­phy planned for 2017 fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from Sta­tus Quo’s tour­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on med­i­cal ad­vice. “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. “Rick is sur­vived by his wife Lyn­d­say, their twins Tommy and Lily and Rick’s adult chil­dren Rick Jnr 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.” Ear­lier this year, Rick - who suf­fered his third heart at­tack and spent sev­eral days in a coma af­ter a gig in Turkey in June - ad­mit­ted he was ter­ri­fied of drop­ping dead on stage. He said: “I’m just aware of the ner­vous­ness I get be­fore I go on stage. It does pump your heart slightly when you start to

pace up and down the room, and you’re about to go in front of thou­sands of peo­ple. Ob­vi­ously it’s go­ing to have some ef­fect on you. “I do not want to tax my­self in any way. I’ve been told med­i­cally not to. So whether it’s a full gig or a cameo I’d still get fairly ner­vous and I do not want to get out on stage and drop dead in front of the fans. I do not want to do that.” Rick said his lat­est heart at­tack has been a “re­al­ity check” and he sub­se­quently quit drink­ing and smok­ing.

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