Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has died aged 68.

The musician passed away in hospital in Spain on Saturday after battling a severe infection, his manager said.

Parfitt was taken to hospital on Thursday evening due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury.

His family and manager said in a statement: "We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today.

"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."

Parfitt is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily, and Rick's adult children Rick Jnr and Harry.

Rick Parfitt Jnr paid tribute to his father in a message posted on Twitter.

From the world of show business, Queen guitarist Brian May led tributes to Parfitt.

"Shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt," May said, adding: Hard to find words. You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy."

Fellow musician and Live Aid co-organiser Midge Ure said: "Status Quo's Rick Parfitt dies. Dreadfully sad. Lovely man. Thoughts go out to his family and friends."

Broadcaster and long-time friend Chris Tarrant added: "Rick was the ultimate rock and roller. He lived and died as he wanted to...the world is a sadder and poorer place without him."

The Surrey-born veteran guitarist had battled health issues for a number of years. Most recently, he pulled out of the band's tour following a heart attack over the summer.

As a member of Status Quo, Parfitt found global success with hits such as Rockin' All Over The World and Whatever You Want.