THE Status Quo guitarist and sometime resident of both Alhaurin and Marbella was airlifted back to the England on Sunday June 19 following a heart attack suffered after performing in Antalya, Turkey on June 15.
The 67-year-old has suffered previous health problems which are said to be connected with his earlier life style, although he ‘cleaned up his act’ many years ago, but the band is currently undertaking a very gruelling international tour in what is supposed to be their very last appearance as an electric band.
He is already said to be well on the mend and the band’s manager Simon Porter told the Status Quo Fan Club “I’m happy for you to report on my behalf that Rick was today flown to London by air ambulance. He is comfortable and further tests will be conducted this week. There is nothing else to add at this stage.”
The band is continuing to honour its commitments and played a charity gig on the night of June 18 to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal, with Freddie Edwards, the son of Quo bassist John “Rhino” Edwards, stepping in for Rick, which he also did in 2014.
Fans who have purchased tickets for the Starlight festival appearance due to take place in Marbella on August 19 will hope that he is fully recovered by that time.