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Rick Parfitt funeral held in Woking

Rick Parfitt Status Quo

Published at 3:22pm 19th January 2017. (Updated at 10:22pm 19th January 2017)

The funeral of Status Quo legend Rick Parfitt has been held in his home town of Woking.

The guitarist was 68-years-old when he died suddenly in Spain just before Christmas.

He suffered complications following an infection due to a shoulder injury.

Parfitt was born and went to school in Woking.

His funeral was held in private with fellow Quo band members attending.

Rick Parfitt

Rick Parfitt Status Quo

At the time of Rick's death, his son, Rick Parfitt Jr, said on Twitter: "I cannot describe the sadness I feel right now.

"To many he was a rockstar, to me he was simply 'Dad', and I loved him hugely. RIP Pappa Parf."

He had recently pulled out of a Status Quo tour after suffering a heart attack in the summer.

At the time his manager, Simon Porter, said Parfitt had "died" for several minutes, and the episode had affected him mentally.

From left to right: Leon Cave, Andy Bown, John Edwards, Francis Rossi and Richie Malone

Rick Parfitt Status Quo

There had been health concerns for years. In 1997, Parfitt underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery following decades of touring with the band. 

Nevertheless, he still enjoyed the "odd pint" and said he would not be becoming a "born-again Christian". 

Last year, Status Quo notched up 500 weeks in the British album charts - something achieved by few musicians. 

One of their most famous appearances was in 1985 at Live Aid, beginning their set with Rockin All Over The World. 

The service was held at Woking Crematorium

Woking Crematorium

 

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