Christine McVie, singer-songwriter of the British rock band Fleetwood Mac, who also had a successful solo career, died Wednesday at age 79 after a brief illness, her family announced.
She wrote many famous band songs like ‘Little Lies’, ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Songbird’. She joined the structure a few years after its formation in 1967.
Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, the group is considered one of the most popular bands to ever exist.
In a statement posted on the singer’s Facebook page, the family said Christine McVie died “peacefully” in hospital on Wednesday morning after a “short illness”. “She was accompanied by her family,” the statement said.
Fleetwood Mac, made up of Mick Fleetwood in particular, Christine and her ex-husband John McVie, but also Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, was one of the most popular groups of the 70s and 80s.
The album “Rumors”, released in 1977, is considered one of the biggest sellers in music history, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.
The singer left the group in 1998 and joined it 16 years later for the ephemeral formation.
In 2017, she told the BBC that she withdrew from the world and developed agoraphobia after leaving the group. She left California and settled in Kent, southeast England.
“There are no words to describe our pain,” the team responded on Twitter. “She is truly special, unique and extraordinarily talented.”