Rossi: I’ve never cried over Rick

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ROCKER Fran­cis Rossi says he has still not cried fol­low­ing the death of his Sta­tus Quo band mate Rick Parfitt nearly a year ago.

Parfitt was 68 when he died from a se­vere in­fec­tion in hos­pi­tal on Christ­mas Eve.

Rossi, 68 ( above) said he felt his pal had al­ready died sev­eral months ear­lier when he suf­fered a heart at­tack in Tur­key, forc­ing him to can­cel live shows.

Fran­cis said: “He died for us then. When he fi­nally got over that a lit­tle, he wasn’t the same per­son he was.

“I got home Christ­mas Eve and I was talk­ing to my man­ager and he said Rick had gone.

“I heard in my mind Rick say, ‘There you go, at least I didn’t die on a show day’. That’d be Rick. We had that weird hu­mour go­ing on be­tween us.

“Some peo­ple said I haven’t cried yet for Rick. I won’t. It’s just not what we did or how we were.

“We used to joke about the fact he would go, we would sit there gig­gling, it was funny.”

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