Christine McVie dies at 79, Fleetwood Mac makes touching tribute

British singer-songwriter Christine McVie has died at the age of 79. Yes, respected musician, universally loved. "The statement revealed that McVeigh died peacefully in the hospital surrounded by her family due to a "brief illness." In an interview with Rolling Stone in June 2022, she said that her health had been poor and she suffered from chronic back pain.

Fleetwood Mac's official Twitter page remembered McVie, who was a member of the band from 1971 to 1998 and returned in 2014, calling her "the best musician in the band and the best friend anyone could ever have in their lives." "

Shortly after the news broke, her bandmate Stevie Nicks retweeted the statement and later posted a handwritten note on Instagram, writing to her "Since day one in 1975, all The best friend in the world.” Nix wrote that she didn't learn McVeigh was ill until late Saturday night and was told to wait before traveling to London to see her. Her tribute included lyrics from a song she wanted to sing to McVeigh herself — Haim's "Hallelujah." "See you on the other side, my love. Don't forget me," she signed the touching note.

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Keyboardist and vocalist McVie, formerly known as Christine Perfect, joined the band in 1971 after marrying bassist John McVie. McVie was responsible for writing and singing hits such as "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop" and "Songbird" from the acclaimed 1977 album Rumors .

McVie was one of the most prolific artists of her generation, with three of her songs - "Don't Stop," "Little Lies" and "Everywhere" - appearing on Fleetwood Mac's 1988 greatest hits album. At least five others on the album were co-written. In 1998, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of Fleetwood Mac.

In addition to contributing 14 albums to Fleetwood Mac, McVie also released three solo albums. She won two Grammy Awards for her work. In 1977, she told Rolling Stone magazine (via The New York Times ) that she found songwriting easy. “I don’t agonize over my songs,” McVie said. "I write very fast." Another interview about her writing "Songbird" "from start to finish" in the middle of the night began circulating on Twitter after her death.

Musician Sheryl Crow, Duran Duran's John Taylor and Japanese Breakfast were among the many artists who paid tribute to McVie on Twitter.

Fans recall her artistry, grace and personality. Questlove called her "one of the nicest people ever."

The outpouring of love includes many personal stories and memories of Fleetwood Mac concerts, as well as reflections on McVie's indelible impact on the music industry.