Christine McVie, co-lead singer, keyboardist and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 79, with tributes pouring in online for the legendary rock icon.
According to a statement from her family, McVie died peacefully in hospital “after a short illness”. She was in the company of her loved ones, who asked “everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, a respected musician who was universally loved.”
Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and joined the band in 1971. Me” and “Songbird.”
The band’s 1977 album Rumors was inspired by the breakup of the McVies – as well as those of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham – and it became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
On Wednesday, Fleetwood Mac’s official Twitter account posted it next pronunciation:
“There are no words to describe our grief at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly unique, special and extremely talented. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their band. their lives. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we deeply cherished Christine and are thankful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be missed so much.”
Stevie Nicks retweeted Fleetwood Mac’s statement on her own Twitter.
More tributes poured in on Wednesday, one from rock band Garbage, who wrote“Spoken to hear of Christine McVie’s passing. Just heartbroken. Songbird forever. 🩸.”
So is sports writer and analyst Bill Simmons tweeted“RIP Christine McVie – elegant songwriter, unforgettable voice and a pivotal member of one of my favorite bands ever. Songbird stands alone – there’s no other song like this. I really liked her. So much drama and dysfunction in that band and she always floated above it.”
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