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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie passes away at 79

Written by Tony Ghaul

Fleetwood Mac vocalist Christine McVie died peacefully at a hospital with her family by her side, according to BBC. McVie was 79 years old and had been dealing with an illness.

Christine McVie (née Perfect)was born in England in 1943. She wasn’t a founding member of Fleetwood Mac but became a fan and often met with the band while she was touring with her group, Chicken Shack. She wound up marrying Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and contributed to the group before joining as a member on a full-time basis after they lost founding member Peter Green.

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and John McVie pose for a portrait in 1977. Photo courtsey of Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

During its peak commercial years, from 1975-80, the band sold tens of millions of records and was an ongoing source of fascination for fans as it transformed personal battles into melodic, compelling songs. McVie herself had been married to John McVie, and their breakup, along with the split of Nicks and Buckingham, was famously documented on the 1977 release “Rumours,” among the bestselling albums of all time.

McVie was a vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player for Fleetwood Mac whose cool, soulful voice helped define such classics as “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere” and “Don’t Stop.”

Christine McVie. Photo courtsey of The Guardian

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