London [UK], Dec. 25 (ANI
): The guitarist of English rock band 'Status Quo' Rick Parfitt
died on December 4 in a Spanish hospital. He was 68.
The veteran musician had been recuperating since June when he suffered a heart attack but died after he was taken into hospital in Marbella
due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury and a severe infection, reports the Daily Mail.
His son, Rick Jr, paid his own emotional tribute on social media, tweeting, "I cannot describe the sadness I feel right now. To many he was a rockstar, to me he was simply 'Dad', and I loved him hugely. RIP Pappa Parf."
One of the most celebrated live performances of Parfitt's career came at Live Aid
on July 13 1985, when he opened the historic 16-hour concert with the band in a 15-minute slot at the original Wembley Stadium which was broadcast around the world.
As a member of Status Quo
, Parfitt found success globally with hits such as 'Rockin' All Over The World' and 'Whatever You Want'.
Rick is survived by his third wife Lyndsay Whitburn
, their twins Tommy Parfitt and Lily Parfitt, and his adult children Richard Parfitt and Harry Parfitt. (ANI