Rick Parfitt's wife Lyndsay has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Status Quo rocker had just returned from touring when his 54-year-old partner was given the news at a clinic in Malaga, Spain, near the couple's home in Marbella, and she insists it came as a huge blow.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "My Spanish is fairly good and as I unfolded the letter handed to me by the receptionist I recognised the Spanish word for cancer. In a split second it was like my life had stopped. I went from being on top of the world to on the floor. It was a shocking way to find out that you have a life-threatening illness."
She has since undergone a lumpectomy to remove four tumours as well as a three-week course of radiotherapy, and doctors have given her a positive prognosis.
Parfitt admits he was devastated by his wife's health ordeal, insisting, "It has all been too much. I just want Lyndsay to get better."
Meanwhile, Lyndsay is adamant his unfaltering support has made all the difference in her recovery: "It's hard for the people close to you to deal with these things. Rick is used to overcoming obstacles and is a fine example of being a survivor but this is something he can't do anything about. It has hit him harder than he lets on. He has been a great support during the diagnosis and operation. He never left my side."
Parfitt married Lyndsay in 2006 and they are parents to five-year-old twins Tommy and Lily.