Fleetwood Mac Singer Christine McVie Dead At 79

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Fleetwood Mac singer and songwriter Christine McVie died Wednesday at the age of 79 after a brief illness.

“It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death,” a post to McVie’s Instagram account read. “She passed away peacefully at [a] hospital this morning … 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.”

Fleetwood Mac put out a statement calling Christine a “one-of-a-kind” talent. (RELATED: REPORT: Keyboard Musician From Famous Band Dead At Age 70)

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” the band said in a statement. “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.”

McVie told Rolling Stone last year she didn’t feel “physically up for” a reunion tour.

“I’m in quite bad health. I’ve got a chronic back problem which debilitates me. I stand up to play the piano, so I don’t know if I could actually physically do it. What’s that saying? The mind is willing, but the flesh is weak,” she said.