Christine McVie Of Fleetwood Mac Fame Dies At 79
The legendary Fleetwood Mac band member Christine McVie has died at the age of 79 after a "short illness."
The music world is in mourning after the death of Christine McVie, who died on Wednesday at the age of 79. McVie’s death was confirmed by her band Fleetwood Mac in a statement shared to social media.
McVie Dies At 79
— Fleetwood Mac (@fleetwoodmac) November 30, 2022
“There are no words to describe the sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” Fleetwood Mac said.“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,” the band added. “Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
Singer-songwriter-keyboardist Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac has died at the age of 79.
She was behind some of their biggest hits including "Don't Stop," "Everywhere," You Make Loving Fun," "Say You Love Me," and "Little Lies," and oh, about a dozen more.
She will be missed. pic.twitter.com/cF1jTeTdMb
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) November 30, 2022
McVie Died After A ‘Short Illness’
Daily Mail reported that McVie’s family said that she died after a “short illness.” They also described her as “a revered musician who was loved universally.”
“She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness,” the family said. “She was in the company of her family.”
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“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,” they continued.
Born in 1943, McVie joined the British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, which has sold over 100 million records globally, in 1971. She later retired from touring in 1998 after her father passed away, but she returned to performing fifteen years later in 2013.
Earlier this year, McVie gave an interview in which she talked about her “‘thrilling” years with Fleetwood Mac.
“I always took good care of myself,” she said. “My drug of choice was cocaine and champagne. I didn’t use any other drugs at all. It’s easy for me to say, but I think it made me perform better.”
My favorite picture of Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks backstage… the songbirds of Fleetwood Mac
RIP Christine… pic.twitter.com/Pm0B9azLjW
— Myandra Mesmeric🇺🇦Graceless Lady2.0 (@MyandraM) November 30, 2022
McVie went on to talk about her bandmates Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, both of whom survive her. Her ex-husband John McVie, who she divorced in 1976, was also in the band.
“Stevie was the Welsh witch,” she said. “I was mother nature. Mick was the raving lunatic. Everyone was very different, but we all got on, for the most part. In those days it was just all good clean fun.”
Tributes For McVie
Tributes have been pouring in for McVie after her passing was announced:
Christine McVie was an inspiration. She spent a career moving between genres, mixing bluesy vocals with massive pop hooks and rock with balladry. She found room in a gigantic, tumultuous rock band to deliver a poetic, empathetic and sophisticated point of view. A legend. pic.twitter.com/8LDUX9btVF
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) November 30, 2022
the chain is broken today.💔
rest in peace, christine mcvie.
thank you for the music.🥺 pic.twitter.com/ouTsKYfyWN
— best of stevie nicks🌙 (@bestofstevie) November 30, 2022
christine mcvie gave fleetwood mac so much soul rest in peace songbird pic.twitter.com/c8l0kt4p0p
— Jill Krajewski (@JillKrajewski) November 30, 2022
“Although it is said that we fought a lot, we actually did spend a lot of our time laughing. There weren’t that many fights.”
– Christine McVie
Rest in peace… pic.twitter.com/p9kCDzYujS
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 30, 2022
You can take me to the paradise
And then again you can be cold as ice
I'm over my head….but it sure feels nice
Christine McVie was the glue of Fleetwood Mac.
Forever and always. pic.twitter.com/O0Zyj9Jk7w
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) November 30, 2022
McVie had said earlier this year that she wanted to take a step back from touring once again and spend more of her time in the English countryside.
“I’m in quite bad health,” she said, according to People Magazine. “I’ve got a chronic back problem which debilitates me. I stand up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I could actually physically do it. What’s that saying? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
“I’m quite happy being at home,” she continued. “I don’t know if I ever want to tour again. It’s bloody hard work… I’ll just leave it open and say that we might.”
RIP Christine McVie. A truly talented musician who wrote some brilliant tunes for Fleetwood Mac, especially "Everywhere"pic.twitter.com/AQwACgWhAB
— The Timeless Pop Culture Fan (@PopCultureGuy12) November 30, 2022
It didn’t take long for her to miss performing, however, and she’d reached out to Fleetwood to propose a potential reunion sometime before her death.
In an interview back in June, McVie indicated that she had no regrets about her life.
“I think I followed my map pretty well in the course of my life.… To be honest with you, I don’t think I gave myself any advice,” she told Rolling Stone. “I think I just kind of got on with what I was doing and thoroughly enjoyed it. Obviously, my best beautiful days were when we were the Buckingham-Nicks Fleetwood Mac version. That was the best to me.”
Rest in peace, Christine McVie.