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Quo star cancer-free say doctors
Rick Parfitt
The band's tour had been cancelled for Parfitt to undergo tests
Status Quo's Rick Parfitt does not have cancer, doctors have confirmed after testing growths found on his larynx.

Parfitt, 57, described the news as "the best Christmas present that I could possibly have".

The band was forced to cancel its UK tour earlier this month when Parfitt was told he required urgent tests.

But a biopsy confirmed the growths were benign and they have now been removed. He admitted he had been "terrified" at the prospect of a cancer diagnosis.

Fan support

"It has been an incredibly worrying time for me," the singer and guitarist said.

Parfitt said he had received "literally thousands" of messages of support from Status Quo fans.

"This has been a major wake-up call for me and I promise our fans that, after a four-month break, we will more than make it up to them with some very exciting touring plans for the remainder of next year."

The procedure was performed using laser surgery at the Princess Grace Hospital in central London.

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi
Status Quo scored more hits than any other band in UK chart history
"Rick will now spend the holiday period recuperating," said the band's manager, Simon Porter.

Following his cancer scare Parfitt vowed to quit smoking but admitted he was still smoking up to 20 cigarettes a day in the run-up to his surgery.

He and his band partner Francis Rossi are celebrating 40 years together and recently made two guest appearances on ITV soap Coronation Street.

Status Quo have scored more hit singles than any other band in UK chart history, with 61 chart hits since their first smash, Pictures of Matchstick Men, was released in 1968.

Among their best-known songs are their British chart-topper Down Down in 1974 and Rockin' All Over The World in 1977.

Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass operation in 1997 after doctors said he could die at any time.


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