His family posted on Instagram:
“On behalf of the family of Christine McVie, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully in hospital this morning.”
The statement went on to ask fans to respect the family’s privacy and remember McVie as the “revered musician who was universally loved.”
McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970, along with her then-husband John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
A few years later, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined the group and Fleetwood Mac it would go on to have decades of success. Over the years, McVie wrote many hits for the band, most notably “Songbird”. On how he came up with the song, he told The Guardian: “That was a strange baby. I woke up in the middle of the night and the song popped into my head. I got out of bed, played on the little piano. . and sang it without a tape recorder”.
Following the news of McVie’s death, Nicks paid a heartbreaking tribute to him. “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away. I didn’t even know she was sick,” she tweeted. The news of McVie’s death came as a shock to many and now, months later, what her “short sickness” of hers has been revealed.
Christine McVie died of a stroke caused by an aggressive form of cancer
As reported by The Blast, Christine McVie was diagnosed with “metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin” before her death.
The aggressive form of cancer had spread through his body, and doctors were unable to identify the original source. The cancer caused McVie to suffer an “ischemic stroke,” which was the leading cause of his death, as well as a bilateral renal infarction.
According to The Blast, an ischemic stroke is “a blood clot [que] blocks or narrows an artery leading to the brain. A blood clot often forms in arteries damaged by plaque buildup (atherosclerosis).”
In June 2022, McVie revealed to Rolling Stone that she was suffering from health issues and wasn’t sure if she was ready for a Fleetwood Mac reunion.
“I don’t feel physically ready for it,” she says. “I’m in pretty poor health. I have a chronic back problem that makes me weak. I stand up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I could actually do it physically. What does that say? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak.” “, he shared.