Christine McVie, who sang and played keyboards for Fleetwood Mac, has died following a “short illness,” her family confirmed. She was 79.
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” her family said in a statement. “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 family added.
McVie, born Christine Perfect, joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 after marrying the band’s bassist, John McVie, and performed with the group for nearly 30 years before leaving the band.
In 1998, McVie was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group.
Her former bandmates expressed their condolences, calling McVie a “one-of-a-kind” talent.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement posted to Twitter on Wednesday. “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,” the band added.