Bad Company musician Mick Ralphs recovering after stroke
Bad Company guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke, his family said.
The 72-year-old co-founder of the band is "receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital".
The band returned for their swan song tour this October, which saw them touring eight cities in the United Kingdom and original members Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke joining Ralphs on stage.
A statement said: " Following the Bad Company UK tour that wound up last Saturday at London's 02 Arena, the family and representatives of the band's co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.
"Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement."
"Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time."
The band was formed in 1973 after the members of the bands Free, Mott The Hoople and King Crimson decided to join forces.
Free members Rodgers and Kirke had enjoyed success with their 1970s hit song All Right Now.
Ralphs had been part of Mott The Hoople, famed for their 1972 song All The Young Dudes, which was penned by David Bowie.
Vocalist and guitarist Raymond 'Boz' Burrell had been performing as part of rock band King Crimson.
News of their final UK tour was preceded by the release of the band's first live album, titled Live In Concert 1977 and 1979, in May this year.
In March the band toured the US with a show titled One Hell Of A Night, which they co-headlined with American musician Joe Walsh.
Ralphs did not join them, saying in a statement on the band's official website that "the travel required to do these dates is something I'm just not feeling up for at the moment".
The Black Crowes' front man Rich Robinson stood in for him.
Ralphs said: " I'm glad the band found Rich to take my place for this run, I'm sure he'll be great. See you all again soon.
"Much love to Paul and Simon, and love to all our fans for supporting us over the years. Thanks."