Alan Lancaster, the founding member of British rock group Status Quo who lived more than half his life in Australia, has passed away at the age of 72 after battling Multiple Sclerosis.

Entertainment reporter Craig Bennett confirmed the news on social media, writing: “At the request of his loving and deeply cherished family, am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British-born music royalty, guitar god and founding member of iconic band, Status Quo.”

Lancaster battled with multiple sclerosis for many years and left the band in 1985 soon after Live Aid. However, he did participate in Status Quo concerts in 2013 and 2014.

The bassist leaves behind his wife Dayle, who he married in 1978.

“We are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour,” Dayle said in a statement.

“He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.”

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Status Quo, studio portrait, London, 1974, John Coghlan, Rick Parfitt, Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Lancaster played on the first 16 of Status Quo’s 33 albums from 1968, including 1975’s On The Level which included 1974’s Down Down.

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