Status Quo‘s Rick Parfitt has been hospitalised in Turkey following a suspected heart attack.
The band had been performing at Expo 2016 in Antalya, Turkey before the incident. Parfitt underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1997 and suffered a heart attack in 2011.
Speaking to TV3, the band’s manager and spokesman Simon Porter confirmed the news, adding, “No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days. We would ask you to respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
Status Quo are reportedly planning to keep their commitment to perform at the Rock On Windermere charity show on June 18, with Freddie Edwards – the son of band bassist John ‘Rhino’ Edwards – stepping in for Parfitt.
In February, the band confirmed that they would be ceasing their “electric shows” following performances throughout October and December. In the statement posted on their website Parfitt said: “We always thought we’d see a red light when it was time to stop. The show hurts now, physically.”
Continuing, he said: “It’s hard to maintain that level of energy and without that it’s not really a Quo show. So we don’t feel we should continue. This is definitely the end of our lives on the road with the electric set, life won’t be the same for us – or many of the fans – but we can’t go on at this pace any more”.