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Bassist Alan Lancaster’s Cause of Death at 72 Confirmed


Sadly, the bass player of Status Quo passed away at 72. Reporter Craig Bennett has confirmed Alan Lancaster’s cause of death. Craig announced that Alan died of MS disease.

He reportedly had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for a long time and passed away on September 25, 2021, at his home in Sydney, surrounded by his family.

Alan Lancaster migrated to Australia in the 1980s and lived in Sydney. He formed The Bombers in Sydney with The Angels‘ guitarist John Brewster in 1988. The two later had the “Lancaster Brewster Band” with their occasional singer, Angry Anderson.

Bassist Alan Lancaster died of an illness
Bassist Alan Lancaster passed away after a long battle with MS disease

He was also a member of the supergroup The Party Boys in 1987. They had a couple of hits with covers, including:

  • “Hold Your Head Up”
  • “He’s Gonna Step On You Again”

He was a founding member of Status Quo. The band had over 60 Top 40 hits in the UK, and they had 25 UK Top10 albums and released more than 100 singles. They opened Live Aid in July 1985. His last album with Quo was the 1983 “Back to Back.” Alan’s last ever show as a Quo member was on April 12 2014 in Dublin.

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Alan Lancaster’s Cause of Death Relates to Illness

Craig Bennett widely talked about Alan Lancaster and his cause of death. He revealed the information on Facebook:

“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. Alan Lancaster passed away this morning at his Sydney home, surrounded by family. Alan had been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 72. Status Quo began Rockin’ All Over The World in 1967. The legendary band amassed decades of hit songs, including Down Down and Whatever You Want. Alan married his beautiful wife Dayle Lancaster in 1978. They met when Alan and Status Quo, along with Slade and Lindisfarne, toured Australia in 1973. Alan, who was a dear and special friend, is survived by Dayle, his children Alan Jr, Toni and David, plus five grandchildren. Dayle said this morning that Alan loved his life in Australia. His mother and father, plus his brother and sister also moved to Australia. Dayle said: ‘we are all heartbroken. Alan had a wonderful wit and a fabulously dry sense of humour. He was a devoted and adoring husband, father and grandfather. Family was always his focus.’ Despite having MS and issues with his mobility, Alan participated in hugely successful reunion tours in the UK & Europe in 2013 & 2014. He bravely played to thousands of adoring fans..and loved being back with the band and his loyal Quo army. Vale to an absolute legend and one of the nicest people in rock and roll.”

Craig Bennett

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Reactions to Alan Lancaster’s Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

An online user commented: “What a blast it must have been to have kicked off what was arguably the best show ever – Live Aid. It helped them to an amazing multi-generational appeal. I was once sailing aboard QE2, and many retired Brits born way before Alan were singing Rocking All Over The World. Priceless. Sorry that he had that bugger of a disease. No more pain.”

One of his old friends wrote: “I’m very sad to hear that Alan has left us. My condolences to Dayle and his children. Through my second wife’s family, the Leuzzi’s, I got to know the Lancasters quite well. My stepchildren were friends with the Lancaster children in Castle Hill, Sydney. We had some great times with Alan and his musical exploits back then. The Lancasters are are truly beautiful family… they will be devastated. I separated from my second wife 16 years ago and lost contact with Alan and Dayle, albeit I have court up with Toni on occasion via Facebook.”

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  2. Toni Preston September 27, 2021

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dayle and the Lancaster family in this very sad time. Alan will never be forgotten

    Toni Preston


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