Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac dead at 79


Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, died Wednesday after a short illness, according to a statement posted by her family on her verified Instagram account.

She was 79.

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

The statement continued: “We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this sad time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of a wonderful human being, and respected respected musician. universal.”

Fleetwood Mac paid tribute to McVie in a statement, which was also posted on her account.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” read the band’s statement. “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the person – the best musician that could be in their band and the best friend that anyone could have in their life.”

Born in Greenodd, United Kingdom to a music teacher father, McVie was a classically trained musician who performed under the name Christine Perfect with the British band Chicken Shack in the late 1960s.

She joined Fleetwood Mac after marrying bass guitarist John McVie at a time when the band was led by guitarist and founder Peter Green.

“Chicken Shack used to open for [Fleetwood Mac],” she told the Guardian in June 2022. “I got to know John, I fell in love with him and he was just fascinating and inspiring. Fleetwood Mac was great and very funny.”

Several changes were made to the group before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined in 1974 and the band rose to greatness.

McVie wrote and/or sang several of their hits including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Say You Love Me.”

Fleetwood Mac experienced some instability when the McVies’ marriage ended, as well as Buckingham and Nicks’ personal relationship.

Buckingham chose to leave the band and go solo in 1987, followed by Nicks who went solo in 1990.

McVie also went solo and earlier this year released a collection of her solo work titled “Songbird (A Solo Collection).

But despite the band’s interpersonal struggles, there was no doubting their musical chemistry and they eventually reunited.

“I just wanted to accept being in the English countryside and not going around the road. I moved to Kent, and I loved being able to walk around the streets, without anyone knowing who I was. Then of course I started to miss it,” McVie told the Guardian about her 16-year hiatus from Fleetwood Mac. “I called Mick and asked: ‘How would you feel about me coming back to the band?’ He called everyone and there was a band meeting on the phone and they all went: ‘Come baaaack!!’ I felt renewed and I felt like writing again.”

Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tributes to McVie flooded social media on Wednesday.

“We were so lucky to have a life with her,” Fleetwood Mac said in their statement. “Individually and together, we loved Christine and are grateful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be so missed.”

Meanwhile, Nicks shared a handwritten letter to her bandmate on Instagram, along with a photo of herself with McVie. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had died. I didn’t even know she was sick … until late Saturday night.”

Nicks said that since learning about McVie’s illness, the song “Hallelujah” by Haim, a ballad about friendship and loss, has been “flipping around” in her head. “I thought maybe I could sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now. ”

Ann Wilson, from the band Heart, told CNN in a statement: “Christine was a gem. Soul, classy and a beautiful songwriter. ‘Over My Head’ was always my sultry, angelic favourite. Bon Voyage sweet soul!”

On Twitter, rock band Garbage paid tribute, writing: “Gutted to learn of Christine McVie’s death. Just split. Songbird forever.”

The Eagles wrote on Facebook that the band was “deeply saddened” by the news of McVie’s death, saying that she was a “vibrant, sad spirit” and that her music was “a gift to the world”.

“We had great respect and admiration for Christine,” their statement said. “We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, her bandmates, and her legions of fans.”


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