Rick Parfitt died aged 68 in Spain after complications following surgery
Former bandmate Francis Rossi has paid tribute to the late Rick Parfitt as questions are raised over the future of the rocker’s £10million fortune.
Rossi has paid tribute to his late bandmate Rick Parfitt, saying: ‘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.
‘Even in a year that has claimed so many of our best, including now George Michael, Rick Parfitt stands out.
‘I was not ready for this.’
Rick Parfitt’s family will be left in suspense as to the future of his massive £10million fortune after his death.
The Status Quo rocker was married three times and has four children but was said to have dumped his third wife Lyndsay over the phone in October.
However, she was by his bedside at his death and it is thought the twins, aged eight, she had with him, and his other children, will get most of his fortune.
A source told the Sun: ‘Who his cash and assets will go to is all up for dispute.
‘There are going to be some tense times between the various family members in the months to come.
‘He had no idea exactly how much he was worth and just spent it at his own free will. But there are millions left over and obviously he has all of his properties, too.
‘He actually left the organisation of his finances to his wife Lyndsay before deciding to split up. They never divorced before he died so there are going to be a lot of legal issues in terms of what she is entitled to.’
Parfitt’s first wife was Marietta Boeker with whom he had his first son Richard and his daughter Heidi, who died when she was two-and-a-half.
Parfitt’s first wife was Marietta Broker, with whom he had two children. His daughter Heidi died aged two-and-a-half and his marriage broke down soon after
His second wife was Patty Beedon and the pair had a son Harry. He now lives in Geneva while Patty is still based in the UK
Rick Jr is now a DJ in London with residencies at several of the capital’s nightclubs.
Parfitt’s second wife was Patty Beedon, with whom he had a son Harry, who now lives in Geneva, where he works as a biodiesel broker. Patty Parfitt is a partner in a jewellery firm.
His third wife was Lyndsay Whitburn who he married the same year he divorced Patty, and they had twins Tommy and Lilly.
He is said to have dumped her over the phone in October 2016, but she was by his side when he died on Christmas Eve.
Parfitt remarried in 2008 and had twins with wife Lyndsay. The pair settled in Marbella and founded an estate agency
Friend of the pair Hilary Devey told the Mirror: ‘My heart goes out to Lyndsay. The only person left looking after Rick Parfitt at the end was his loving wife Lyndsay who had arranged his admission to hospital.’
He also put their five-bedroom home in Marbella on the market.
She runs Status Homes, which the husband and wife duo founded with the man who helped them buy their home in the Costa del Sol.
She is said to have managed a lot of their financial affairs, with him being confident there was enough money and rarely concerned. He also had a personal assistant.
The Status Quo guitarist died on Saturday in a Spanish hospital at the age of 68 as Queen legend Brian May led the tributes – saying that he ‘rocked our world’.
Parfitt had been recuperating since June when he suffered a heart attack but died after suffering from a severe infection.
His son, Rick Jr, paid his own emotional tribute online, writing that, although he was a rock star to many, to him ‘he was simply ‘Dad’, and I loved him hugely’.
It comes after the veteran musician was taken into hospital in Marbella on Thursday evening due to complications with a pre-existing shoulder injury.
The Status Quo website was changed to a full picture of the guitarist with his birth and death years as a tribute to him
He died there at lunchtime on Saturday, his manager and family said in a statement.
Similar outpourings of sadness came from across the musical community, where he was praised as ‘a lovely man’ and ‘one of the nicest guys in rock ‘n’ roll’.
May, 69, said: ‘Shocked and so sad to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt. Hard to find words. You truly joyfully rocked our world. RIP dear buddy.’
The MailOnline has attempted to contact Marietta Boeker-Parfitt, Rick Jr, Patty Parfitt, Harry Parfitt and Lyndsay Parfitt for comment.