English bassist Alan Lancaster has died aged 72.
Lancaster was best known as a founding member of the rock band Status Quo, playing with the band from 1967 to 1985, with brief reunions in 2013 and 2014.
He had several international hits with the group during the 60s and 70s including Rockin’ All Over The World and Whatever You Want.
Manager Simon Porter said: “This is such sad news.”
Lead singer Francis Rossi said: “Alan was an integral part of the sound and the enormous success of Status Quo during the 60s and 70s.”
Rossi and Lancaster began performing together in the 1960s under a number of different band names before settling on Status Quo.
The group went on to have four UK number one albums, according to the Official Charts Company.
He said in a statement: “We were friends and colleagues for many years and achieved fantastic success together as the Frantic Four alongside Rick Parfitt and John Coghlan.
“Although it is well documented that we were estranged in recent years, I will always have very fond memories of our early days together and my condolences go to Dayle and Alan’s family.”