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Status Quo's Rick Parfitt in hospital after suspected heart attack

The guitarist’s condition has been described as serious.

Rick Parfitt (left) and Francis Rossi
Rick Parfitt (left) and Francis Rossi
Image: David Jensen/PA Wire/Press Association Images

STATUS QUO GUITARIST Rick Parfitt is being treated in hospital after having a suspected heart attack.

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday, after the band played a concert at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey.

The group released the following statement on its website:

“He is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener.”

Freddie Edwards, the son of Quo bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards, will fill in for Parfitt at the Rock On Windermere charity show tomorrow as the band didn’t want to cancel the gig, which is to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal.

Freddie will keep performing with the band “to allow them to honour their commitments and not let down the fans up to and including the show on Sunday 3 July at Gröna Lund Tivoli, in Stockholm, Sweden”.

Simon Porter, the band’s manager, added: “No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days. We would ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Status Quo’s hits include Rockin’ All Over the World and Whatever You Want.

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