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Widow of Woking rocker Rick Parfitt reveals daily struggle

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Widow of Woking rocker Rick Parfitt reveals daily struggle

Published at 11:37am 12th June 2017.

The widow of Woking rocker Rick Parfitt says she experiences "moments of weakness" every day since his sudden death last year.

Lyndsay Parfitt, who had nine-year-old twins with the Status Quo guitarist, says she is determined to stay strong for their children.

She has told Hello! magazine the kids' first birthday without their father was a "horrendous hurdle".

She describes how her daughter Lily opened a birthday card with her little finger.

The youngster turned to her mum and said: "‘This is how Daddy opened his cards.

"If Daddy was here, he would be giving me a card, too."

Read the full article on the Hello! website

Rick's funeral was held in his home town of Woking in January.

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.

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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