Christine McVie, the English musician whose smoky vocals and romantic lyrics helped catapult the rock group Fleetwood Mac to international success, has died, the band announced on Twitter.
She was 79.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the group said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.”
“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her,” the band added. “Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”
McVie was once married to Fleetwood Mac bass guitarist John McVie. The turmoil in their relationship was one of the creative sparks behind the behind’s massively popular album “Rumours,” released in 1977.
Christine McVie penned some of the most cherished lines in the Fleetwood Mac songbook, writing the lyrics to global hits like “Everywhere,” “Little Lies” and “Don’t Stop” — a track that became synonymous with Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign.
In her lyrics, she chronicled the highs and lows of romantic love in clear, simple terms.
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