'Ultimate rocker' Rick had been in 'good spirits', says manager
Status Quo's manager has paid tribute to "ultimate rocker" Rick Parfitt, following the guitarist's death aged 68.
The veteran musician suffered from a severe infection while in a Spanish hospital, which he had visited due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury, his manager said.
His death at lunchtime on Christmas Eve followed years of concern about his ill-health, which had seen him stricken by multiple heart attacks and a cancer scare.
Band manager Simon Porter had dinner with Parfitt in Malaga earlier last week, and said he was in "good spirits".
On the band's Facebook page, Mr Porter thanked fans and friends for their messages and said his 30-year friendship with the musician had been an "absolute rollercoaster".
"Rick had come to terms that he would be unable to tour with Quo again, but he continued to be very much part of the Quo machine and we discussed future plans for the band," he said.
"I really think that we all thought that Rick was invincible, given his numerous and astounding recoveries from situations which would certainly have killed the average human being.
"Sadly, as we now know, his luck had run out and his line that 'it will take more than death to kill me' has taken a hollow ring. Quo fans should know and take comfort in the fact that his passing has, ironically, come at a time when Rick was in a happier place career wise than he had been for a long, long time."
Mr Porter said his relationship with Parfitt had included "incredible highs, numerous laughs and some extremely dark periods".
"Rick was the ultimate rocker and lived the dream, plus a whole lot more. In perhaps the worst ever year for showbiz deaths, it is perhaps fitting that he topped the list right at the end of the year," he said.