Fleetwood Mac‘s co-lead singer and keyboardist Christine McVie has died. She was 79.
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” reads a new post on McVie’s Instagram. “She passed away peacefully at [the] hospital this morning, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family.”
The post continues, “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.”
Fleetwood Mac also paid tribute to McVie with a statement of their own on social media, saying, “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,” they added. “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.”
McVie was born on July 12, 1943 in the Lake District village of Bouth and grew up in the Bearwood area of Smethwick near Birmingham. She joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, as a singer and the band’s keyboardist. McVie also released three solo albums.
During her time in Fleetwood, the band had 25 Hot 100 hits, including nine top 10s and one No. 1 smash: “Dreams” in 1977.
In 1998, as a member of Fleetwood Mac, McVie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
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