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Rick Parfitt: 'I can survive anything after three heart attacks'

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Rick Parfitt: 'I can survive anything after three heart attacks'

Status Quo's Rick Parfitt believes he can "survive anything" after suffering three heart attacks.

The 66-year-old guitarist collapsed while on holiday in Croatia last year having previously suffered similar attacks in 1997 and 2011 but thinks the life-threatening situations have only made him feel more optimistic about his future.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "Having survived my heart attacks and got healthier, it shows how resilient I am. If I am strong enough to get through them I reckon I can survive anything."

However, the 'Whatever You Want' hitmaker confessed he is often in intense discomfort following his trio of heart attacks.

He admitted: "I can certainly feel the impact. If I'm honest, I'm often in constant pain."

Rick - who now lives in Spain with his fitness instructor wife Lyndsay Whitburn, the mother of his seven-year-old twins Tommy and Lily - has drastically altered his lifestyle since his third heart attack, putting years of drinking and smoking behind him for good.

He explained: "Since my last huge heart attack last year I've had to give up smoking and drinking almost entirely and be really careful."

He previously revealed: "That part of my life is over as I do not want to die, I want to live ... I've had 50 years of smoking and drinking and abusing my body ... There comes a time when you have to look at yourself and think, 'Right, that's it, it's now time for a change'. All my life I've defied the doctor's orders, thinking that I'm made of steel ... But as stupid as this may sound, I'm pleased I've had this heart attack because I couldn't see a way out of my bad habits."

Rick was speaking at a celebrity packed performance of the West End theatrical musical Dusty.