Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies aged 79: 'No words'

Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter 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 100 million 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 30th 2022, following a short illness.

Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Christine McVie with Stevie Nicks
Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Christine McVie has died following a short illness at the age of 79, her family have confirmed. Photo: Getty

"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 ever and included hits such as Second Hand News and You Make Loving Fun. As well as several multi-platinum tracks, the record sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

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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."

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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.

In 1970, the British-born McVie released her first solo album, Christine Perfect, after her maiden name. In an interview this year, she told Uncut magazine: "There's maybe a couple of good songs on it."

It took McVie another 14 years to release a follow-up solo album - titled Christine McVie - before releasing another album In The Meantime in 2004.

In June this year, the singer-songwriter released another album titled Songbird, a collection of songs drawn from two of her previous solo albums.

McVie 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, England.

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

Fans share tributes to Christine

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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." Photo: Getty

Fans took to Twitter to share tributes for the star, with one user writing, "Christine McVie was the unheralded yet most important member of Fleetwood Mac. The best musician in a band with Lindsey Buckingham, the best songwriter in a band with Stevie Nicks, and the stable presence for the most tumultuous band to ever exist. I am absolutely stunned."

"Christine McVie just passed away," another wrote. "If this is how we’re rolling into 2023, I don’t want it. RIP to one of the most amazingly gifted musicians the world will ever know."

"Christine McVie was an inspiration," a third said. "She spent a career moving between genres, mixing bluesy vocals with massive pop hooks and rock with balladry. She found room in a gigantic, tumultuous rock band to deliver a poetic, empathetic and sophisticated point of view. A legend."

"Oh now this one hurts!" another user wrote. "My whole childhood!! You were an amazing human being Christine McVie. Rest in Peace Christine."

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