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Tributes for Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie after ‘song bird’ dies aged 79

One of the founders of Fleetwood Mac says “part of my heart has flown away” following the death of bandmate Christine McVie.

McVie died at the age of 79 following a short illness, her family confirmed on Wednesday night.

Mick Fleetwood released a tribute to the “song bird”, saying he would “miss everything” about his friend. 

“This is a day where my dear sweet Friend Christine McVie has taken to flight and left us earthbound folks to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that ‘song bird,’ reminding one and all that love is all around us to reach for and touch in this precious life that is gifted to us,” Fleetwood wrote on Twitter.

“Part of my heart has flown away today.. I will miss everything about you Christine McVie.

“Memories abound.. they fly to me. Mick Fleetwood.”

McVie, born in Lancashire in 1943 and brought up in Birmingham, became the co-lead singer and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, one of the most famous bands in the world.

The British-American rock band, founded in London in 1967, sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups ever.

Their best-known songs include Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.

A statement from her family said: “It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness.

“She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”

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