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Status Quo's Rick Parfitt treated after 'heart attack'

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Image caption Rick Parfitt has suffered a number of health scares in recent years

Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt is being treated by doctors in Turkey following a suspected heart attack.

The 67-year-old was taken to hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a concert in Antalya.

The band's manager, Simon Porter, said: "Whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener."

Status Quo had been playing a gig at the Expo 2016 festival.

Porter added: "No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days."

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Image caption The band's Parfitt (L) and Francis Rossi performed at The Prince"s Trust Rock Gala in 2010

The guitarist has had a number of health scares in recent years - including a throat cancer scare in 2005 and a heart attack in 2011.

Status Quo cancelled a series of gigs in 2014 after Parfitt was told to rest by doctors, following surgery to correct a problem with his previous quadruple heart bypass, which he underwent in 1997.

Parfitt had been due to perform at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday to raise funds for the Cumbria Flood Appeal, but has now pulled out.

The rest of the band will still appear, with Freddie Edwards, the son of bassist John "Rhino" Edwards, stepping in for Parfitt.

British band Status Quo have had more than 60 chart hits in the UK, including Rockin' All Over the World, Whatever You Want and In the Army Now. In 1991, they received a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Parfitt and Francis Rossi remain the best known names in a constantly evolving line-up, which currently includes Edwards, Andy Bown and Leon Cave.

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