Musician Alan Lancaster has died (Picture: Getty)
Status Quo star Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72, his close friend Craig Bennett has said.
Lancaster died at home in Sydney, Australia surrounded by his family.
Craig, an entertainment journalist, announced the news on Facebook with the permission of the musician’s family, saying he had been battling multiple sclerosis, a condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord.
He said: ‘At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, Status Quo.
‘Alan Lancaster passed away this morning at his Sydney home, surrounded by family. Alan had been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 72.
‘Status Quo began Rockin’ All Over The World in 1967. The legendary band amassed decades of hit songs, including Down Down and Whatever You Want. Alan married his beautiful wife Dayle Lancaster in 1978. They met when Alan and Status Quo, along with Slade and Lindisfarne, toured Australia in 1973. Alan, who was a dear and special friend, is survived by Dayle, his children Alan Jr, Toni and David, plus five grandchildren.
Lancaster was one of the founding members of Status Quo (Picture: Getty)
With band mates Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi and John Coghlan (Picture: Getty)
‘Dayle said this morning that Alan loved his life in Australia. His mother and father, plus his brother and sister also moved to Australia. Dayle said: “we are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour.
‘”He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.”‘
Craig went on: ‘Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 & 2014.
‘He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans…and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army.
‘Vale to an absolute legend and one of the nicest people in rock and roll.’
Musician Cletis Carr paid tribute on Twitter, saying: ‘Very sad to hear of the passing of Alan Lancaster, bassist from Status Quo.
‘I’d first met Alan at his recording studio in Sydney, about 1986 or 87. he was a truly lovely, gentle, kind man. my heart goes out to his wonderful wife dale, and their family.’
Lancaster was one of the original members of the rock group with front man Francis Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died in 2016. He appeared on 15 Status Quo albums until 1985 including their classis such as Whatever You Want and Down Down.
He reunited with his bandmates Francis and Rick, and John Coghaln in 2013 for a UK tour, performing his final show as a member in 2014.
After moving to Australia in the 1980s, where he remained for over 40 years, he played with rock groups The Party Boys and formed The Bombers.