Christine McVie dead: Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter dies aged 79 after short illness

Christine McVie arriving for the  59th annual Ivor Novello Awards, at Grosvenor House, London.
Christine McVie arriving for the 59th annual Ivor Novello Awards, at Grosvenor House, London.

The British-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups ever

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Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie has died following a short illness at the age of 79, her family have confirmed.

The British-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups ever.

Lake District-born singer-songwriter and keyboard player Christine was responsible for many of the band's biggest hits including Little Lies, Everywhere, Don't Stop and Say You Love Me.

She also single-handedly wrote and performed Songbird, maybe the group's most iconic and haunting love song.

A statement from her family said: “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.

“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.”

Despite its tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac became one of the best-known rock bands of the 1970s and 80s, comprising Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

The legendary 1977 album Rumours - inspired by the break-up of the McVies - became one of the biggest selling albums of all time, with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe. It included hits such as Second Hand News and You Make Loving Fun.

In addition to several multi-platinum tracks, the record sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

McVie’s death comes two years after Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at the age of 73.