Singer Christine McVie has died aged 79 following a short illness, her family have confirmed.
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death”, a statement read.
“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”
Joining the band in 1970 after marrying John McVie, Christine wrote tracks such as ‘Say You Love Me’, and ‘Over My Head’, which featured on their self titled album in 1975.
Selling more than 100 million records worldwide, Fleetwood Mac paid a heartfelt tribute to Christine McVie with a statement of their own.
“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”, the band tweeted.
“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life”, they continued. “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 (@fleetwoodmac) November 30, 2022
McVie also featured on the band’s iconic ‘Rumours’ album of 1977, which was written during a timultous yet “incredible” period for the band.
Along with several multi platinum tracks, the album also sold over 40 million copies.
“We were having a blast and it felt incredible to us that we were writing those songs”, McVie said of that era. She also said that she enjoyed “the storm” of that epoch.
Christine McVie’s death comes just two years after Fleetwood Mac co founder Peter Green passed away.