Status Quo bassist and founding member Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72.
The musician died at his home in Sydney, Australia surrounded by his family.
He is said to have battled Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord, before his death.
The sad news of Lancaster’s passing was confirmed by close friend Craig Bennett at the request of his family.
In a statement, Bennett wrote: “I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, Status Quo.
“Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours… He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army.”
Lancaster leaves behind wife Dayle Lancaster, who he married in 1978, children Alan Jr and David and five grandchildren.