'Truly one-of-a-kind': Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies age 79

In a statement, the remaining members of the band said there were no words to describe their sadness
'Truly one-of-a-kind': Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies age 79

Pictured L-R: John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Neil Finn, Mick Fleetwood, and Mike Campbell of Fleetwood Mac. File picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

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

The British-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, sold more than 100m records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups ever.

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

A statement from her family said: “It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30, 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.”

Despite its tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac became one of the best-known rock bands of the 1970s and 80s, comprising 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 such as 'Second Hand News' and 'You Make Loving Fun'.

In addition to several multi-platinum tracks, the record sold more than 40m copies worldwide.

A statement from the band said on Twitter: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. 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.”

'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.' Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
'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.' Picture: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Stevie Nicks has shared a personal tribute to Christine McVie, describing her as “my best friend in the whole world”.

Nicks said she had not known McVie was ill until Saturday night and had wanted to visit her in London.

“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” she wrote, in a post on Instagram.

“I didn’t even know she was ill … until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait.

“So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so I’m singing it to her now.

“I always knew I would need these words one day…It’s all I can do now.” Nicks then shared lyrics to the song Hallelujah by Haim, handwritten, adding: “See you on the other side my love. Don’t forget me. Always, Stevie.”

Christine McVie, Dave Stewart, and Stevie Nicks. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire
Christine McVie, Dave Stewart, and Stevie Nicks. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Singer-songwriter and keyboardist McVie penned Songbird, one of the band’s most famous tracks, as well as You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies.

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

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

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

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