John Wetton has died at the age of 67. The news was confirmed by his manager Martin Darvill, who said that the cause had been colon cancer. Wetton had undergone major surgery in 2015 to have a one-kilo malignant mass removed from his abdomen. Wetton was born in 1949 and played with a variety of bands including Family, Mogul Thrash, Uriah Heep, Asia, Roxy Music, Wishbone Ash and King Crimson.Labels: Lost, Startseite
The band confirmed on social media this afternoon that Rick had been admitted to hospital in Marbella, Spain on Thursday 15th December after complications to a shoulder injury, following a previous fall.The Status Quo co-founder has died in hospital after a severe infection.
The statement, made by the Parfitt family with Status Quo manager Simon Porter goes on to say that "This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice."
His retirement from the band was announced in September, following his third heart attack in June 2016.
The family statement, which you can read in full below, highlights the enduring popularity of Rick, as part of one of the hardest touring bands in the UK: "He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo."