It’s a sad day for Fleetwood Mac fans after British musician Christina McVie tragically passed away at the age of 79. The singer was co-lead vocalist and keyboardist for the successful rock band. Her death was confirmed by the band earlier this day. According to BBC News, McVie’s family also confirmed her death, saying that she died “peacefully at the hospital in company of her family.”
Fleetwood Mac decided to release an official statement after her death, writing:
“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.”
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (Live)
Her family went on to say “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.”
McVie left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years together back in 1998 but decided to return in 2014. The group was one of the world’s best-known rock bands in the 1970s as well as the 1980s. Their 1977 album, Rumours, was inspired by the breakups of McVies as well as the band’s other couple Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. It became one of the best-selling albums of all time with over 40 million copies sold worldwide.
The group has sold more than 120 million records worldwide which makes them one of the world’s best-selling bands. In 1979 they were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1988 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.