Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac has died aged 79, her family has announced.
A statement on Facebook said: “On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with heavy hearts that we inform you of Christine’s passing.
“She died peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday November 30, 2022, following a short illness. She was with her family. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the family at this extremely painful time and we would like everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and a revered musician universally loved. RIP Christine McVie.
The British-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, have sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful bands of all time. Their best known songs include Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.
The band paid tribute to singer-songwriter McVie in a statement Wednesday night following news of his death. “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 statement on Twitter continued, “She was the best musician you could have in your band and the best friend you could have in your life.
“We have been so blessed to have a life with her. Individually and together, we have deeply cherished Christine and are grateful for the incredible memories we have. She will be sorely missed.
Despite their tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac became one of the best-known rock bands of the 1970s and 80s, featuring Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
Originally known as Christine Perfect, her maiden name, she started out with the blues band Chicken Shack. They had a hit with a cover of Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind, featuring McVie on lead vocals. After marrying John McVie in 1968, she left the band a year later and joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970.
After the lineup continued to change, in 1974 Nicks and Buckingham joined, a time McVie called “pretty sensational”. She added: “We had our fights here and there but there was nothing like the music or the intensity on stage. We weren’t doing anything in Britain so we decamped to America and fell into this immense musical odyssey.
The 1975 album, titled Fleetwood Mac, featured hits written by McVie: Over My Head and Say You Love Me.
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 hits, the record has sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Speaking of this particular period, McVie said to the Guardian that “we were having fun and it was amazing for us that we were writing these songs”.
McVie also released solo albums, the second of which in 1984, titled Christine McVie, featured the hits Got a Hold on Me and Love Will Show Us How.
She took a break from the band in 1998. “I just wanted to come to terms with being out in the English countryside and not having to hang out on the road,” she told the Guardian. “I moved to Kent and loved being able to walk the streets with no one knowing who I was. Then, of course, I started to miss it.
In 2014 she returned and the band’s most recognizable lineup toured together, followed by an album with Buckingham in 2017 titled Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie.
McVie’s death comes two years after Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at the age of 73.
Tributes started pouring in online within the industry. Garbage Group’s Official Twitter Account tweeted: “Glad to hear of the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted. Songbird forever. Musician Tim Burgess too tweeted: “ah man, goodbye Christine McVie”.