Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie has died following a short illness at the age of 79, her family have confirmed.
The death of the singer, keyboardist and songwriter was announced by family who confirmed she passed away peacefully in hospital.
In a statement, Fleetwood Mac said: “Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have.”
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 30 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.”
Tributes to McVie have also been paid by band member Stevie Nicks who described her as “my best friend in the whole world”.
Despite its tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac became one of the best-known rock bands of the 1970s and 80s, comprising Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
Perhaps their best known album Rumours, released in 1977, became one of the best-selling albums of all time and included hits such as Second Hand News and You Make Loving Fun.
In addition to several multi-platinum tracks, the record sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
McVie’s death comes two years after Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at the age of 73.