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Guitarist ‘may well have played’ his final show with the band

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was clinically dead for several minutes when he suffered a heart attack after a gig in June.

Parfitt suffered a heart attack following the band’s show at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey, leading to him pulling out of the band’s concerts for the rest of the year.

The band’s manager Simon Porter said: “Now is the time to reveal that Rick actually ‘died’ for several minutes directly following his heart attack, which resulted in mild cognitive impairments for which he continues to receive neuropsychological support.”

Porter told WENN that Parfitt is expected to make a full recovery, but might not be able to tour again as he wants to make his eight-year-old twin children Tommy and Lily his priority. Porter said: “Rick may well have performed his last show with Quo, but no final decision will be made until next year. Regardless, it is his wish that the band continue to tour as planned and he will always be a part of Quo’s numerous other off stage activities.”

Parfitt has suffered from ill health in recent years, having undergone a quadruple bypass following his first heart attack in 1997. The collapse in June was Parfitt’s fourth heart attack, having said after his previous cardiac arrest in 2014 that he’d given up alcohol and smoking after 50 years.

Status Quo are continuing to tour with guest guitarists. Richie Malone will fill in until the band’s current tour ends in Paris on December 4, while Freddie Edwards – the son of former Quo bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards – has also filled in for Parfitt. A decision will be taken shortly as to who will replace Parfitt on the band’s UK tour in December.

Status Quo will play:
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena (December 8)
Bournemouth BIC (9)
London O2 Arena (11)
Brighton Centre (13)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (14)
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena (16)
Leeds First Direct Arena (17)
Manchester Arena (19)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (20)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (22)
Liverpool Echo Arena (23)