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How did Christine McVie die? Mourning fans say singer gave Fleetwood Mac 'so much soul'

Former president Bill Clinton tweeted, 'I’m saddened by the passing of Christine McVie, 'Don’t Stop' was my ’92 campaign theme song'
Christine McVie's death has left fans devastated (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Christine McVie's death has left fans devastated (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Christine McVie, the co-lead vocalist, and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac died at the age of 79 after a "short illness," according to her family. She was known as the band's songbird which was ironically one of the last hit songs she sang during her illustrious music career.

In a statement, McVie's family said that she was "a revered musician who was loved universally" and that she departed surrounded by relatives. “She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 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.” Her old bandmates described her as "the best friend anyone could have in their life" and expressed their devastation over her death. “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure... She was the best musician anyone could have in their band. 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.” 


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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie discuss their new album during SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' hosted by Mark Goodman at the SiriusXM Studio on June 9, 2017 in New York City.
Christine McVie was described as one of the best friends to have around by her Fleetwood Mac band members (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Prior to posting a more intimate homage to McVie, Stevie Nicks posted the initial remark to her Twitter account. In her second eulogy, Nicks said she didn't find out about the illness of her "best friend" until November 25. She was told to wait and watch over her health despite her wanting to fly to London right away to be by her side. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since that first day in 1975 had passed away. I didn't even know she was ill until Saturday night. I wanted to get to London - but we were told to wait... Since Saturday, one song has been swirling in my head over and over, I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and I'm singing it to her now. See you on the other side, my love.”

The British-American rock group was among the best-selling musical acts of all time, selling 100 million records worldwide. In addition to Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining Fleetwood Mac in the middle of the 1970s, McVie also joined the band in 1971 which helped the group grow even more successful. ‘Don't Stop’, ‘Say You Love Me’, ‘You Make Loving Fun’, ‘Songbird’, ‘Little Lies’ and ‘Hold Me’ are among her well-known songs. She and bassist John divorced in 1976 but she continued to compose music for the group until she retired in 1998 due to her father's death as per Daily Mail. After a protracted 15-year sabbatical, she enjoyed a successful solo career and then joined forces with her former bandmates in 2013. For her solo music compilation ‘Songbird’, McVie was nominated for a Grammy award only two weeks back. The prize's announcement is scheduled for February 5, 2023.

After her untimely demise, McVie’s fans sent their tributes to the late singer on Twitter as one user said, "RIP Christine McVie. A truly talented musician who wrote some brilliant tunes for Fleetwood Mac, especially Everywhere." Former president Bill Clinton tweeted, "I’m saddened by the passing of Christine McVie. “Don’t Stop” was my ’92 campaign theme song - it perfectly captured the mood of a nation eager for better days. I’m grateful to Christine & Fleetwood Mac for entrusting us with such a meaningful song. I will miss her." Another one said, "the chain is broken today. rest in peace, christine mcvie. thank you for the music."

One user added, "Christine McVie was the unheralded yet most important member of Fleetwood Mac. The best musician in a band with Lindsey Buckingham, the best songwriter in a band with Stevie Nicks, and the stable presence for the most tumultuous band to ever exist. I am absolutely stunned." Another one commented, "Christine mcvie gave fleetwood mac so much soul rest in peace songbird."






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