Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dead at 79

Honoree Christine McVie of music group Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City.
Honoree Christine McVie of music group Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo credit Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — British singer-songwriter Christine McVie, most known for her role in the rock group Fleetwood Mac, has died, the band announced on Twitter Wednesday. She was 79.

"There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie," the group said in a statement. "She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure."

No cause of death or other details were immediately provided, but a family statement said she "passed away peacefully at [the] hospital this morning" with family around her after a "short illness."

"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," the family added.

McVie was a steady presence and personality in a band known for its frequent lineup changes and volatile personalities — notably fellow singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

Keith Urban and Christine McVie attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City.
Keith Urban and Christine McVie attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on January 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo credit Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS

During its peak commercial years, from 1975-80, the band sold tens of millions of records and was an ongoing source of fascination for fans as it transformed personal battles into melodic, compelling songs. McVie herself had been married to bassist John McVie, and their breakup — along with the split of Nicks and Buckingham — was famously documented on the 1977 release "Rumours," among the bestselling albums of all time.

Fleetwood Mac, co-founded by drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. The group’s many other hit singles included "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way" and "Little Lies."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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