Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac’s singer-songwriter, died Wednesday after a brief illness, her family said on Instagram.
Christine McVie’s family is sad to announce her demise. She died quietly in hospital on November 30, 2022, after a short illness, according to a statement. Her family was around.
The statement continued, “We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this incredibly hard time. Please keep Christine in your hearts and remember the life of a great human being and universally adored musician.”
Fleetwood Mac shared a homage on McVie’s Instagram.
“There are no words to explain our anguish” She was unique, talented, and remarkable. She was a great musician and friend.
McVie was a classically trained musician who performed with Chicken Shack as Christine Perfect in the late 1960s.
She joined Fleetwood Mac after marrying bassist John McVie when the band was led by Peter Green.
She told The Guardian in 2022 that Chicken Shack opened for Fleetwood Mac. “Knowing John and falling in love with him was thrilling. Fleetwood Mac was hilarious.”
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined in 1974, and the band became famous.
McVie wrote/sang “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and “Say You Love Me.”
The McVies’ divorce and Buckingham and Nicks’ breakup threw Fleetwood Mac into disarray.
Buckingham left the band in 1987 and Nicks in 1990.
McVie went solo and released “Songbird (A Solo Collection)” this year.
Despite interpersonal problems, the band had unmistakable musical chemistry and reunited.
I wanted to enjoy the English countryside without travelling. I loved being anonymous in Kent. McVie said she missed Fleetwood Mac after 16 years away. “I questioned Mick about rejoining the band. He contacted everyone, we had a phone meeting, and they all said, “Come back!” I felt renewed and wanted to write.”
A’sweet soul’ honoured
Wednesday saw social media tributes to McVie.
Fleetwood Mac: “We were extremely happy to have her” “We treasured Christine individually and collectively and are grateful for our memories. She’ll be missed.
Nicks posted a handwritten note and photo with McVie on Instagram. My best friend since 1975 died a few hours ago. I didn’t know she was sick until Saturday night.”
Since learning of McVie’s illness, Nicks has been hearing Haim’s “Hallelujah,” a folksy ballad about friendship and sorrow. “I hoped to sing it to her, so I am now.”
Heart’s Ann Wilson said, “Christine was a jewel.” Beautiful, soulful songwriter. My sensuous, heavenly fave was “Over My Head.” Sweet spirit, farewell!
Garbage tweeted: “Gutted to learn of Christine McVie’s demise. Gone. Forever songbird.”
The Eagles called McVie a “vibrant, soulful spirit” and her music a “gift to the world” on Facebook.
Their statement added, “We admired and respected Christine.” We sympathise with her family, bandmates, and fans.
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