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Francis Rossi explains why he still hasn't cried for his late Status Quo band mate Rick Parfitt

Mirror logo Mirror 14/11/2017 Hayley Minn
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Rick Parfitt died on Christmas Eve, aged 68 - but his Status Quo band mate Francis Rossi has confessed he felt he'd lost his friend months before.

Rick had been recuperating since June, 2016, when he suffered a heart attack on stage but, in fact, passed away after contracting a severe infection following a shoulder injury.

And Francis still remembers the moment he had a heart attack so clearly.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said: "I remember him lying on the floor and the paramedics crossing his legs, and violently trying to resuscitate him.

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“You don’t want that done to anyone really."

"When we left the room, he was dead and when we woke up, he was alive on a feeding system, keeping him going,” he remembers. “We all thought, ‘what have they done to him?’”

Francis went on to confess he still hasn't cried for his friend - who he knew since he was 16 years old - but it's because he and Rick always used humour as a coping mechanism.

He said: "When I got the call on Christmas Eve, I heard Rick saying, 'There you go, I didn't die on show day!', and that's just what we were like.

"People said I haven't cried for him, and I haven't, and I won't, but we weren't like that. We'd joke about it. That's just how it is.

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"I remember him saying to me once, 'I don't think I can play,' because of the pain in his shoulder.

"I asked, 'Can you play a G?'

"And he said, 'I think so, yeah,' and I said, 'Good, because you couldn't before.' And again, that's just how we were."

*Good Morning Britain is on ITV1 weekdays at 6am

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