Sunday 28 December 2014

Status Quo star Rick Parfitt gets heart surgery

Colm Atkinson

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Rick Parfitt (left) of Status Quo is recovering from a heart operation
Rick Parfitt (left) of Status Quo is recovering from a heart operation

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt is recovering from surgery to correct a heart problem after falling ill during the band's European tour.

The rocker, inset, was flown home from Croatia this week and treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London where he had a stent inserted after it was found a graft inserted during his 1997 quadruple heart bypass had become furred.

The band's manager Simon Porter said: "We are all obviously delighted that Rick has made such rapid progress, especially as the band is shortly to unveil another exciting and innovative new project, details of which will be announced in the next couple of weeks."

They shelved six shows after Parfitt was taken ill but Mr Porter said planned shows in Nottinghamshire and Norfolk later this month would go ahead as planned.

Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass after doctors said he could die at any time following a hard-living lifestyle involving drink and drugs.

Irish Independent

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