According to a statement by her family, Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter behind many of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits, passed away Wednesday after a short illness.
She was 79.
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, we are sorry to inform you of Christine’s passing. “She passed away peacefully in hospital on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 after a brief illness,” reads the statement. She was with her family.
The statement continued: “We kindly ask you to respect the privacy of the family at this very painful time. We would like everyone to keep Christine in their heart and remembers the life and legacy of an extraordinary human being and revered musician who was loved unconditionally.”
Fleetwood Mac made a tribute to McVie with a statement that was posted on her account.
The band released a statement saying that “there are no words to express our sorrow at the passing of Christine McVie.” “She was truly unique, special, and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could ever have in their band, and the best friend anyone could ever have in their lives.
McVie was born in Greenodd, the United Kingdom to a musician father. He performed as Christine Perfect in the British band Chicken Shack in the late 1960s.
After marrying John McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s bass guitarist, she joined Fleetwood Mac, at a point when Peter Green was the founding guitarist.
She told The Guardian that Chicken Shack used to be open for [Fleetwood Mac] in June 2022. “I met John and fell in love with him. It was sensational and thrilling. Fleetwood Mac was amazing and so funny.”
There were many changes in the group’s members before Stevie Nicks joined and Lindsey Buckingham joined. The band rose to stardom.
McVie sang and/or wrote many of their hits, including “Don’t Stop,” and “Over My Head.”
Fleetwood Mac was affected by the end of McVies’ marriage and Buckingham’s and Nicks’s relationships.
Buckingham decided to leave the band in 1987 and go solo, following Nicks in 1990.
McVie also released “Songbird (A Solo collection)” earlier this year.
Despite their interpersonal difficulties, the band was able to reunite despite all of their differences.
“I wanted to be in the English countryside, not on the roads. I moved to Kent and loved the freedom to roam around the streets without anyone knowing who I was. McVie spoke to The Guardian about her 16-year hiatus from Fleetwood Mac. “I called Mick to ask how Mick felt about me returning to Fleetwood Mac. He reached out to everyone and had a group meeting over the telephone. Everyone went, ‘Come back! “Yes! I felt rejuvenated and felt like I was writing again.”
Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998).
Honoring a “sweet soul”
On Wednesday, McVie was the subject of many tributes.
Fleetwood Mac stated that they were “so lucky” to share a life with Christine. “Individually as well as together, we treasure Christine deeply and are grateful for the incredible memories we have.” We will miss her so much.”
Nicks shared an Instagram message with McVie, in which she wrote a handwritten note to her bandmate. “A few hours back, I received word that my best friend from the beginning of 1975 had died. I didn’t know she was sick until Saturday night.
Nicks stated that McVie’s illness has made her “swirl around” in her head since she learned of it. The song “Hallelujah”, a folky ballad about friendship, and loss, was written by Haim. “I thought that I might be able to sing it to him, and so, he’s singing it now.”
Ann Wilson, from Heart, stated in a statement that Christine was a “glory”. A beautiful, soulful and classy songwriter. “Over My Head” was my favorite song. Bon Voyage sweet soul!”
Garbage, a rock band, paid tribute to Christine McVie via Twitter. It was so gutting. Songbird forever.”
On Facebook, the Eagles expressed their sadness at McVie’s death, writing that they were “deeply saddened” and calling McVie a “vibrant soulful spirit” and “a gift to this world.”
Their statement stated that they had “the utmost admiration, respect, and admiration for Christine.” “We offer our deepest condolences for her family, her bandmates, and her legions.