Francis Rossi claims Status Quo had to compensate for Rick Parfitt’s funeral.
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Rick quit the rope last year following his third heart attack, but died in hospital on Christmas eve in Spain after constrictive a lethal infection.
Speaking for the first time given the rocker’s death on Christmas Eve 2016, Francis pronounced the organisation organised for his physique to be returned to the UK to be buried in his home city of Woking, Surrey, and that they paid for the funeral.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘We had to fly him back. we don’t know why, there was some interference of some arrange with the insurance.
‘And we also paid for the wake given his family were dithering somewhat. we said, “There is some responsibility.”‘
He combined that he misses his friend, who he’d shared the theatre with for 49 years, and feels ‘lonely’ given his death.
‘Ricky was my partner, we do skip him. We’ve been a twin for so long. And it feels utterly waste at times,’ he said.
‘Even yet it competence have got querulous at times, we knew where we stood. we don’t have that now. It’s all very strange.’
The musician also hit back at claims done by Rick’s son, Rick Parfitt Jr, that the rocker was mistreated by the band.
He said: ‘It’s distant from the law – Rick was on his full money, all was the same, and still today. We were earning money, and he was being paid. We couldn’t do it any other way.
‘I can’t know given his boys were observant that, or given someone would tell them that. Rick Jr only had to come to us and ask. We wouldn’t do that to Rick.’
In April, Parfitt Jr slammed Status Quo frontman Rossi, 68, on Twitter for carrying on but his dad.
After a fan tweeted: ‘keeping on personification like zero happened (sic)’ Rick Jr responded: ‘That should tell you… all you need to know … speaks volumes (sic)”
He then accused the organisation – also comprised of Andy Brown, John ‘Rhino’ Edwards and Leon Cave – of treating Parfitt, 68, ‘awfully’ towards the finish of his life and pronounced that he will exhibit the law about it all when he feels it is right.
He said: ‘Dad was treated extremely … You don’t know what we know … when the time is right (sic).’