Fleetwood Mac Star dies at the age of 79 after a short illness

Christine McVie performing in 2015.

Christine McVie performing in 2015.

Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie she died following a short illness at the age of 79, her family confirmed.

The Anglo-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful bands ever.

Their best-known songs include Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.

Christine McVie in 1983.

Christine McVie in 1983.

Christine McVie in 1983.

A statement from her family read: “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Christine’s passing. She passed away peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday 30 November 2022, following a short illness.

“He was with his family. We kindly ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this extremely painful time and would like everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and a revered musician who was universally loved.

A statement from the band said on Twitter: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was very unique, special and talented beyond measure.

“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.

“We have been so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we loved Christine deeply and are grateful for the amazing memories we have. She will be greatly missed.

Despite its tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac went on to become one of the most popular rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, featuring Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Perhaps their best-known album Rumours, released in 1977, became one of the best-selling albums of all time and included hits like Second Hand News and You Make Loving Fun.

In addition to several multi-platinum songs, the record has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

McVie’s death comes two years after the death of Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green at the age of 73.

Songwriter and keyboardist McVie wrote Songbird, one of the band’s signature tracks, as well as You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies.

In 1970, McVie released her first solo album, Christine Perfect, after her maiden name. In an interview earlier this year, she told Uncut magazine, “There’s maybe a couple of good songs.”

It took McVie another 14 years to release a subsequent solo album – titled Christine McVie – before releasing another album In The Meantime in 2004.

In June of this year, the singer-songwriter released another album titled Songbird, a collection of songs from two of her previous solo albums.

He was among eight band members who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

McVie left the band in 1998 after nearly three decades, but returned in 2014 when a one-off appearance at the O2 rekindled her love of performing.

She told the Guardian at the time: ‘It was amazing, like I never left. I went back up there again and there they were, same old faces on stage.

In 2017, she appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, revealing that she had withdrawn from the world and developed agoraphobia after leaving the band and moving from California to Kent.

McVie’s death comes two years after the death of Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green at the age of 73.

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