Status Quo bassist and founding member Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72.

The musician died at his home in Sydney, Australia surrounded by his family.

He is said to have battled Multiple Sclerosis, a condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord.

The sad news of Lancaster's passing was confirmed by close friend and entertainment reporter Craig Bennett on Facebook.

In a statement, Bennett wrote: "I am heartbroken to announce the passing of Alan Lancaster, British born music royalty, guitar God and founding member of iconic band, Status Quo.

"Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours… He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans..and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army."

Status Quo bass player Alan Lancaster has died at the age of 72 (

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Alan was one of the founding members of the band (

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Lancaster leaves behind wife Dayle Lancaster, who he married in 1978, children Alan Jr and David and five grandchildren.

He was one of the original members of the rock group along with front man Francis Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died in 2016.

Lancaster appeared on 15 Status Quo albums until 1985 including classics Whatever You Want and Down Down.

He reunited with bandmates Rossi and Parfitt and John Coghaln in 2013 for a UK tour, performing his final show as a member in 2014.

Status Quo, circa 1968 (

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The musician moved to Australia in the 1980s, where he remained for 40 years.

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