"She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness."
Christine McVie, singer, songwriter, and pianist in Fleetwood Mac, has passed away at age 79.
Her family posted a statement to Facebook that read: "On behalf of Christine McVie's family, 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. RIP Christine McVie."
The band paid tribute to McVie following the news that she had passed not long after, writing on Twitter: "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.
"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. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed."
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McVie was known for penning numerous Fleetwood Mac hits, including Everywhere, Songbird, You Make Loving Fun and Little Lies.
She joined the band in 1970 and was still with the group when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998, but departed soon after. She returned to Fleetwood Mac in 2014 with the band's most recognisable lineup reunited.
McVie passed away two years after the Fleetwood Mac co-founder, Peter Green, died at age 73.
Stevie Nicks wrote a handwritten note in a touching tribute to her bandmate. "A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away."
She added, "I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London; I wanted to get to London — but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around in my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day."
Nicks went on to write the lyrics to Hallelujah by HAIM. She concluded the note by writing, "See you on the other side, my love. Don’t forget me — Always, Stevie."
Mick Fleetwood also paid tribute to McVie. He wrote on Instagram, "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.
"Part of my heart has flown away today. I will miss everything about you Christine McVie. Memories abound…they fly to me."
Garbage singer Shirley Manson reacted to the news of McVie's death by posting, "Gutted to learn about the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted. Songbird forever." Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams also shared her sadness, writing, "I love you Christine McVie. My favorite writer in one of the best bands of all time."
Watch Christine McVie's final live appearance at Peter Green's memorial concert below.