Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dies aged 79
Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie has died aged 79. The British musician passed away peacefully in her sleep in hospital while surrounded by family. "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," the family said in a statement, as per Variety. "She was in theThe British musician passed away peacefully in her sleep in hospital while surrounded by family.
Stevie Nicks has shared a moving handwritten note to her Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie, following news that the keyboardist has died aged 79 after a 'short illness.'
In the touching tribute, Nicks, 74, called McVie her 'best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975.'
McVie famously left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years in 1998 following years of rumored turmoil between band members, but returned in 2014.
The letter includes quotes from the song Hallelujah by American rock band Haim, which was written following the death of band member Alana Haim's friend, who died in a car accident. © Provided by Daily Mail Stevie Nicks shares moving tribute to her 'best friend' Christine McVie - as Fleetwood Mac keyboardist dies at 79: 'See you on the other side, my love'
'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 began in her note.
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Wilkins remembers Christine McVie as Fleetwood Mac's 'heart and soul' following sudden death
Richard Wilkins has honoured the life and legacy of Fleetwood Mac singer Christine McVie, who has died aged 79 after a short illness. Remembering the British music legend as a "lovely, down-to-earth" woman, the Today Extra entertainment editor says McVie was "the heart and soul" of the band. "She had a really great run. It's desperately sad for her family and for her millions and millions of fans. She created music history with that beautiful band Fleetwood Mac," Wilkins tells 9Celebrity exclusively.READ MORE: Fleetwood Mac star dies aged 79 © Getty Christine McVie, pictured in 1990, has died at age 79 after a short illness.
'I didn't even know she was ill… until late Saturday night.
She went on: '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.'
Earlier, McVie's family said in a statement she was 'a revered musician who was loved universally' and was surrounded by loved ones when she died. © Provided by Daily Mail Touching: Stevie posted this handwritten note in tribute to Christine on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Emotional: The letter includes quotes from the song Hallelujah by American rock band Haim, which was written following the death of band member Alana Haim's friend
'She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th following a short illness. She was in the company of her family.
Stevie Nicks Honors 'Best Friend in the Whole World' Christine McVie
John Angelillo/UPI/Shutterstock Paying tribute. Christine McVie’s former bandmate Stevie Nicks honored the late musician with handwritten message shared via social media. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” the “Edge of Seventeen” singer, 74, began in her note, […]“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” the “Edge of Seventeen” singer, 74, began in her note, posted via Instagram on Wednesday, November 30. “I didn’t even know she was ill … until late Saturday night.
'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.'
Her former bandmates said tonight they're devastated by the loss, describing her as 'the best friend anyone could have in their life'.
The British-American rock band was one of the most successful groups of all time, selling 100 million records globally. © Provided by Daily Mail Best friend: Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac pictured above at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City
McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971, and the band achieved even greater popularity with the addition of Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in the mid-1970s.
Podcaster Bill Simmons said: 'RIP Christine McVie - elegant songwriter, unforgettable voice, and a crucial member of one of my favorite bands ever. Songbird stands alone - there's no other song like it. I really liked her. So much drama and dysfunction in that band and she always levitated above it.'
Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies aged 79
Music star Christine McVie has passed away at the age of 79.Christine McVie has died at the age of 79.
Stevie Nicks' handwritten note to Christine McVie
A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away. I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night.
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 (written by the Ladies Haim). It’s all I can do now…
I had a best friend
But she has come to pass
One I wish I could see now
You always remind me
that memories will last
These arms reach out
You were there to protect me
like a shield
Long hair running with me through the field….
Everywhere, You’ve been with me all along
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah –
Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah
See you on the other sides
Don’t forget me
American author John Scalzi described McVie as her band's 'secret weapon' and 'a songwriter who, in and out of the band, made pop hits seem effortless'.
The music world is so touched by the music world to say goodbye
"Fleetwood Mac" legend McVie is TOT The music world is saying goodbye © t - Online She wrote music history with her songs. Now Christine Mcvie died at the age of 79. Not only her band pays tribute to the singer. for her bandmates at Fleetwood Mac, the death of singer, songwriter and keyboardist Christine Mcvie came as a surprise. "I didn't even know that she was sick ...
'RIP, you songbird. You made loving fun.'
McVie's local MP, Tim Farron, also shared a statement in the wake of her tragic death, saying Cumbria had 'always been so proud of her'.
'Devastated that Bouth’s very own Christine McVie has passed away. What a wonderful legacy she leaves, with a back catalogue of the finest music. In Cumbria we have always been so proud of her. Much love and sincere sympathy to Christine’s family and friends.'
Former professional basketball player Rex Chapman shared a video compilation of McVie alongside her famous quote: '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.'
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'Rest in peace,' he added.
Meanwhile, rock musician Sheryl Crow hailed McVie as 'a legend and an icon'.
Sheryl, 60, wrote on Twitter: 'I am so sad to hear of Christine McVie going on to heaven. The world feels weird without her here. What a legend and an icon and an amazing human being. RIP (sic)'
Lindsey Buckingham pays tribute to Christine McVie
Former Fleetwood Mac star Lindsey Buckingham has paid tribute to his "sister" Christine McVie following her death earlier this week. © Provided by BANG Showbiz Fleetwood Mac’s guitarist was also diagnosed with epilepsy. Lindsey Buckingham has been taking medication to keep his condition under control and to avoid seizures. The 73-year-old singer-and-guitarist describe the loss of his former Fleetwood Mac bandmate - who passed away on Wednesday (30.11.22) following a short illness - as "profoundly heartbreaking" and admitted he feels "very lucky" to have known and worked with her.
Bette Midler has also taken to the micro-blogging platform to pay her own tribute to the music star. © Provided by Daily Mail Stevie Nicks shared a heartbroken statement to her own Twitter account this evening. Pictured: McVie and Nicks together in 1987
The 76-year-old singer said: '#ChristineMcVie has left us. What memories, what joy, and what a legacy… (sic)'
Rock band Garbage said they were 'gutted' about the news.
They tweeted from their verified account: 'Gutted to learn about the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted. Songbird forever. (sic)'
Elsewhere, Tim Burgess - the lead singer of the Charlatans - posted a clip of Fleetwood Mac's Everywhere on social media.
The 55-year-old singer captioned the throwback video: 'ah man, farewell Christine McVie x (sic)' © Provided by Daily Mail Fleetwood Mac described McVie as as 'the best friend anyone could have in their life' Read more
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