Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie, ‘talented beyond measure,’ dies at 79

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Christine McVie, the amazingly talented vocalist-keyboardist who filled such Fleetwood Mac classics as “Say You Love Me” and “You Make Loving Fun” with a seemingly effortless sense of stylish coolness, has died at the age of 79.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was enshrined as a member of the band in 1998, “passed away peacefully” on the morning of Nov. 30 according to a statement from the family that was posted on McVie’s Twitter account.

“On behalf of Christine McVie’s family, it is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” the post read. “She passed away peacefully at (a) 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.”

News of McVie’s death was also made public via Fleetwood Mac’s social media accounts.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the band tweeted. “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.”

Born July 12, 1943, in Bouth, Lancashire, England, McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 and helped propel the band to commercial and artistic heights seen by very few other acts. However, her first five records with the band — “Future Games,” “Bare Trees,” “Penguin,” “Mystery to Me” and “Heroes Are Hard to Find” — wouldn’t make much noise on the charts. Then a couple of Bay Area musicians — Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham — enlisted in the cause and Fleetwood Mac would shoot straight to No. 1 with its self-titled 10th album of 1975.

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