Status Quo singer and guitarist Francis Rossi pays tribute to Rick Parfitt

"I was not ready for this." Rock legend Francis Rossi speaks out after bandmate Rick Parfitt passes away.

Francis Rossi - too upset to speak earlier - finally broke his silence about his bandmate who has recently passed away.

He praised Rick Parfitt as an archetypal rock star with his own flair. The two have been bandmates for over 50 years."I was not ready for this," Rossi wrote. "Without doubt this was the most satisfying, frustrating, creative and fluid relationship of my life."

"From those early days, we worked together to create the Quo sound, look and hits. We spent years on the road, on the stage and in the studio, rarely far from each other, honing what we did."

"We were a team, a double act, a partnership and yet also two very different people, handling the pressures of growing older, constant touring, dealing with success and keeping the creative flame burning in different ways."

"He developed his own sound, his own style, casually inspiring a generation of players."

"He never lost his joy, his mischievous edge and his penchant for living life at high speed, high volume, high risk."

"His life was never boring, he was louder and faster and more carefree than the rest of us."

"There were any number of incidents along the way, times when he strayed into areas of true danger and yet still losing him now is still a shock."

Rick had a quadruple by-pass in 1997 and was forced to step back from the microphone in September after a series of heart scares including a cardiac arrest that left him "dead" for almost three minutes.

He apologised to the fans saying, "You know you live the rock and roll lifestyle and at some stage you've got to pay for it. And I'm paying for it. So it's my fault that I'm not with the band now."

Rick Parfitt had solo career plans next year but sadly passed away at the age of 68 on Christmas Eve in a hospital in Malaga, Spain as a result of a "severe infection" and complications from a shoulder injury. He is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily and his adult children Rick Jnr and Harry.

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