Bassist Alan Lancaster, one of the founding members of British rock band Status Quo, has died at the age of 72. The musician had suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) for some time, music journalist Craig Bennett announced on Facebook on behalf of the Lancaster family on Sunday.

The bassist died Sunday morning surrounded by his family at his home in Australia. “He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. His family has always been the most important to him, ”says Craig Bennett on behalf of the musician’s wife.

The musician was one of the original members of Status Quo along with frontman Francis Rossi and guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died in 2016. Lancaster was with the group from 1967 to 1985 and can be heard on fifteen albums. He also collaborated on the hits Something You Want and Down, Down.

The bassist left the band due to disagreements with the other members. In 2013, he again temporarily joined Status Quo for a UK tour. After moving to Australia in the 1980s, he formed the group The Bombers. He was also briefly a member of the Party Boys.