NEW YORK (AP) — Christine McVie, the British-born singer, songwriter and keyboardist Fleetwood Mac whose cool, soulful contralto helped define classics such as “You Make Loving Fun,” “Everywhere” and “Don’t Stop”, died Wednesday at the age of 79.
His death was announced on the group’s social media accounts. No cause of death or other details were immediately provided, but a family statement said she “passed away peacefully in hospital this morning” with her family around her after a “brief illness”.
“She was truly one of a kind, special and talented beyond measure,” the band’s statement read in part.
McVie was a stable presence and personality in a band known for frequent lineup changes and volatile personalities – notably fellow singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
During its commercial peak years, from 1975 to 1980, the band sold tens of millions of records and were an ongoing source of fascination for fans as they turned personal battles into melodic, compelling songs. McVie herself had been married to bassist John McVie, and their breakup – along with Nicks and Buckingham’s split – was famously documented on the 1977 release “Rumours”, among the best-selling albums of all time. .
Fleetwood Mac, co-founded by drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The band’s many other hit singles included ‘Dreams’, ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘Little Lies’.