Stroke, Cancer Caused Christine McVie's Death

The 'smoky' voice of Fleetwood Mac was 79
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2022 2:05 PM CST
Updated Apr 3, 2023 7:05 PM CDT
UPDATE Apr 3, 2023 7:05 PM CDT

Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac died of a massive stroke and cancer, according to her death certificate. The document says the singer was diagnosed with "metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin," per the Blast, which obtained the death certificate. The information was not released when McVie died on Nov. 30. The cancer was listed as a secondary cause. The American Stroke Association says an ischemic stroke occurs when a vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked, per People. In January, fellow musicians Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie, her ex-husband, honored McVie at a celebration of life event held in Malibu.

Nov 30, 2022 2:05 PM CST

The Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter who gave the world hits like "Little Lies" and "Don't Stop" has died. Christine McVie died in a hospital amidst her family at age 79, the BBC reports. The family said she had suffered from a short illness, reports the Guardian. McVie, nee Christine Perfect, married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and joined the group as co-lead vocalist and keyboardist in 1970, reports Rolling Stone. She exited in 1998 after 28 years but returned in 2014. NBC News credits her "smoky vocals and romantic lyrics" as helping to "catapult ... Fleetwood Mac to international success."

Her family asked that "everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally." The band tweeted a statement of its own which read in part, "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." (More obituary stories.)

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