Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac has died, aged 79

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac has died, aged 79

Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac vocalist, has died at age 79, the bandmate’s family have revealed. 

The family disclosed McVie’s death in a Facebook post, informing the singer’s legions of fans that she had “passed away peacefully at hospital this morning following a short illness…in the company of her family.” The post concluded with a request for privacy “at this extremely painful time”. McVie’s family continued: “We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.” 

Fleetwood Mac was founded in London in 1967, and went on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful bands in history. The group is perhaps best known for their songs Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere. In their own statement, the remaining bandmates said “there are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie.” Fleetwood Mac went on to describe McVie as “truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented.

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She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life,” the post read. Meanwhile, in a handwritten note posted to Instagram, fellow Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks said she “didn’t even know [McVie] was ill … until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London; I wanted to get to London, but we were told to wait.” Nicks remembered her bandmate as “my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975.” 

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McVie joined Fleetwood Mac alongside her husband John McVie in 1970. McVie also released solo albums, the second of which, 1984’s Christine McVie, featured the hits Got a Hold on Me and Love Will Show Us How. McVie’s death comes two years after Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at the age of 73.