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Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie dies, aged 79

The band announces her death on social media, saying "there are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie."

Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player whose cool, soulful contralto helped define such classics as You Make Loving Fun, Everywhere and Don’t Stop, has died aged 79.

Key points:
  • Christine McVie's was described as "one of a kind, special and talented beyond measure" 
  • She was a steady presence and personality in a band known for its frequent line-up changes
  • Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998

The band announced her death on social media on Wednesday, saying "there are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie."

"She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure," the statement read.

"She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life."

McVie was a steady presence and personality in a band known for its frequent line-up changes and volatile personalities — notably fellow singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

During its peak commercial years, from 1975-80, the band sold tens of millions of records and was an ongoing source of fascination for fans as it transformed personal battles into melodic, compelling songs.

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McVie herself had been married to bassist John McVie, and their break-up — along with the split of Nicks and Buckingham — was famously documented on the 1977 release Rumours, among the bestselling 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 group's many other hit singles included Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Little Lies.

The members of Fleetwood Mac standing against a white background
Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 and has seen frequent changes in its line-up.

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