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A driving force behind of one of the most famous records in the history of pop music, Fleetwood Mac singer-keyboardist Christine McVie has died at age 79. Her family announced the news on her official Instagram account with the following:
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”
McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, and went on to write songs—“Don’t Stop”, “You Make Loving Fun”, and “Songbird”—that made would make 1977’s Rumours one of the most influential runaway hits of the ’70s. Chronicling the implosion of personal relationships in the group—including between Mcvie and bassist John McVie—the record remains an essential pop-culture touchstone today. From grunge icons like Courtney Love, to mainstream hit machines like Sheryl Crow, it’s a record with no shortage of mega-fans, admirers praising everything from the songwriting to the almost-punk-like production.
Turning Fleetwood Mac into overnight superstars, Rumours was a major reason the group has remained one of the most enduring acts in the world over six decades.
McVie was also responsible for hits like “Little Lies”, “Everywhere”, and “Say You Love Me.”
Fleetwood Mac posted the following on McVie’s account: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.”
Here what her fellow musicians are saying.