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Christine McVie dead: Fleetwood Mac keyboardist dies in hospital aged 79 after short illness

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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie has died, her family said in a statement, adding she was a “revered musician who was loved universally”.

A statement on Facebook said: “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. RIP Christine McVie.”

The singer, who was married to the band’s bass guitarist John McVie, joined them in 1970 and was the force behind some of their greatest hits as they shook off their origins as a blues band to become one of the biggest acts in the world.

Her songs including Don’t Stop and You Make Loving Fun were among the stand out tracks on Rumours which became one of the biggest selling albums of all time just as her marriage hit trouble.

She also wrote and sang lead vocals on the single Little Lies, from the 1987 album Tango in the Night, which was a huge international hit.

McVie’s marriage eventually broke down in 1976 but she stayed with the band until 1998 before pursuing a solo career and rejoining them in 2014.

She also dated Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson and performed with the US band on their LA album in 1979.

A statement from the band said on Twitter: “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.

“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

Born in Lancashire and brought up in Birmingham, McVie started out in the blues rockers Chicken Shack where she often toured with the musicians who would later become her bandmates.

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