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  • 3 August 2014, 23:21

Status Quo Star Taken To Hospital As Gigs Axed

Status Quo have been forced to cancel a series of concerts in Europe after guitarist Rick Parfitt was taken ill in hospital.

The British rock group, known for hits such as Whatever You Want and Rockin' All Over The World, had been due to play in Croatia on Saturday.

It was one of six shows on the current leg of their European tour which have now been shelved as doctors assess the musician in a hospital in Pula in northern Croatia.

Quo manager Simon Porter said: "The band do not cancel shows lightly, as any of our fans will tell you, but in this instance we have no option but to follow medical advice."

It is not known whether their UK tour, scheduled for December, will be affected.

The nature of Parfitt's condition has not been revealed, although a spokesman said the band would release more information next week.

Nine years ago the rock star - who leads Status Quo with Francis Rossi - was forced to cancel shows as he underwent tests for suspected throat cancer.

In 1997, Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass after doctors said he could die at any time following a hard-living lifestyle involving drink and drugs.

Status Quo currently hold the record for the most British singles, at 64.

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