‘We are all heartbroken’: Rock musician Alan Lancaster dies

English rock musician and founder of Status Quo band Alan Lancaster has died following a battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 72.

Lancaster died on Sunday morning at his Sydney home, surrounded by his family.

Alan Lancaster has died aged 72.Credit:Facebook

Entertainment journalist Craig Bennett paid tribute to Lancaster on social media at the request of the bassist’s family.

“[I] am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, Status Quo,” Mr Bennett wrote.

“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.

“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’.

“Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 and 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.”

In 1962, Lancaster co-founded a band with friend Francis Rossi which would form the basis for Status Quo. Seven years later, musician Rick Parfitt joined the band and the following year, the group released Pictures of Matchstick Men, which reached No.7 on the UK singles chart.

Bassist Alan Lancaster performing on stage at Wembley Arena in London in 2013. Credit:Getty

Lancaster would eventually leave Status Quo and join Australian band The Party Boys in 1987, before founding The Bombers the following year.

In the decades that followed, the band carved out a place in musical history with their thumping rock sound.

Other fans took to social media to pay tribute, including American musician Cletis Carr who said the 72-year-old was a “truly lovely, gentle, kind man”.

Fellow rock star Rick Parfitt died in 2016 after suffering from a severe infection at the age of 68.

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