McVie was 79
Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie has passed away at the age of 79. Her family shared the news on social media on Wednesday (Nov 30th).
“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” the statement reads. “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.”
Her bandmates paid tribute to her in a separate message on social media.
“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. — Fleetwood Mac”
Stevie Nicks calls McVie a “beautiful songbird” in an Instagram message she shared with a photo of the pair.
“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” Nicks writes. “I didn’t even know she was ill…until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London, but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around in my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day…” as she posts a portion of the lyrics to the Haim sisters’ “Hallelujah.”
“See you on the other side, My Love. Don’t forget me,” Nicks signs.
McVie was the band’s keyboardist and co-lead vocalist. She joined the group in 1970 but left the band in 1998 before rejoining in 2014. She was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside her bandmates in 1998.