Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie dead at 79

Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie has died at the age of 79.

“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” shared her social media team. “She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and 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. RIP Christine McVie.”

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” said Fleetwood Mac in a statement. "She was truly one-of-a-kind, 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 were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

No official details have been released about McVie’s cause of death; Rolling Stone reports in an interview with them this past June, the rocker acknowledged that she was in “quite bad health.” She said she was struggling with a “chronic back problem,” though didn’t offer any further information.

Fleetwood Mac formed in London in 1967; McVie released her self-titled debut album in 1970, just prior to joining the group. The keyboardist made her first appearance on record with the band on 1971’s “Future Games”, and was on board for all their releases – including 1977’s iconic “Rumours” set, where she wrote the hits “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Loving Fun” – through to 1995’s “Time” before leaving after their 1998 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and reunion tour.

Although she released her third solo album, “In The Meantime”, in 2004, McVie largely remained out of the public eye for many years; she regrouped with Fleetwood Mac in 2014 for a series of tours, recorded an album with longtime bandmate Lindsey Buckingham in 2017 and toured the project, and last played with the band in 2019.

Pick up your copy of “Rumours” here and the “best of” package “50 Years – Don’t Stop” here.

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