The British rocker, 67, was hospitalised in Antalya, Turkey, shortly after the band performed at Expo 2016. Following his admission he underwent a life-saving operation to fit a defibrillator into his chest, his representative confirmed to WENN.

Parfitt has been plagued with health setbacks in recent years and underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1997. He suffered a heart attack in 2011.

His representative said in a statement: "Rick is now making an excellent and steady recovery from an extremely serious life threatening situation following a Quo show in Turkey last month. He has now had a defibrillator fitted into his chest in order to regulate any future heart issues and has left hospital in order to recuperate with family and friends."

Parfitt's medical team expect him to make a full recovery, though the operation has meant that he has been forced to pull out of the band's summer touring schedule.

Freddie Edwards, son of Quo bass player John 'Rhino' Edwards, has been covering his recent gigs and will continue for the majority of Quo's shows during July and August. While Irish guitarist Richie Malone will step in for his gigs in Leuven, Belgium, and Edinburgh, Scotland on 20th and 23rd of July (16).

Parfitt's family added: "We would like to thank everyone including the fans for their messages of support during the last weeks and especially the kindness and care of all the staff at the Royal Brompton."

Quo guitarist and frontman Francis Rossi recently announced the band would be calling it quits for good following one final tour.