Christine McVie, singer and keyboardist for Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 79


Christine McVie, who sang and played keyboards for Fleetwood Mac, has died after a “brief illness,” her family has confirmed. She was 79.

“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Christine’s passing,” her family said in a statement. “She passed away peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday 30th November 2022, after a short illness. She was with her family.”

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Christine McVie reunites as Fleetwood Mac in 2014 for a new album and tour that included this stop at The Forum in Los Angeles.

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“We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and we want everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and an adored musician who was loved around the world. RIP Christine McVie,” added the family.

McVie, born Christine Perfect, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 after marrying the band’s bassist John McVie and performed with the group for almost 30 years before leaving the band.

In 1998, McVie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group.

Her former bandmates sent their condolences, calling McVie a “unique” talent.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the death of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement released to social media platforms on Wednesday. “She was truly unique, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician you could have in your band and the best friend you could have in your life.”

“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and collectively, we treasured Christine immensely and are grateful for the amazing memories we have. She will be missed so much,” the band added.

Stevie Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975, posted a heartfelt, handwritten note Twitter in which she lamented the unexpected loss.

Fleetwood Mac performs in Atlanta
Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks perform at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia on June 1, 1977.

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“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world has passed away since the first day of 1975,” Nicks wrote.

“I didn’t even know she was sick … until late Saturday night,” she continued. “I wanted to be in London; I wanted to go to London – but we were told to wait. So a song has been buzzing around in my head over and over since Saturday. I thought maybe I could do it. Sing it to her, so I’m singing it to her now. I always knew I would need those words one day.”

Nicks’ letter included the lyrics to Haim’s 2020 song “Hallelujah,” which read in part, “I had a best friend but she stepped in. One I wish I could see right now. They always remind me that memories live on. Stretch out those arms.”

“See you on the other side, my love, don’t forget me — always, Stevie,” Nicks concluded the note.

Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Lindsey Buckingham called McVie’s death “deeply heartbreaking” in an Instagram post Thursday.

“Not only were you and I part of Fleetwood Mac’s magical family, Christine was to me a musical comrade, a friend, a soul mate, a sister,” Buckingham wrote. For over four decades we helped each other create beautiful work and an enduring legacy that resonates to this day. I feel very fortunate to have known her. Although she will be greatly missed, her spirit will live on through this work and legacy.”

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