Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie's cause of death revealed (2023)

Christine McVie's died of an 'ischaemic stroke',with a secondary cause of death listed as cancer, it has emerged.

TheFleetwood Macstar peacefully passed away,at the age of 79, in November last year while surrounded by family in hospital.

It has now been confirmed that the singer-songwriter died after a stroke, according to her death certificate which was seen by The Blast.

While she had previously been diagnosed with cancer, an 'ischaemic stroke' was determined as the cause of death.

Her cancer - a 'metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin', which means cancer had spread in her body while the origin of a tumour was not known - was listed a the secondary cause.

Sad news:Christine McVie's cause of death has been revealed after she died aged 76 in November last year from a stroke

Ischaemic strokes are the most common types of stroke, according to the NHS.

They are caused when blood flow is restricted to the brain by blood clots which form where the arteries have been narrowed of blocked by fatty deposits.

Christine's family announced the sad news of her death in November, saying in a statement at the time: '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.'

Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks led tributes to 'one-of-a-kind' British rockstar Christine,who helped make Fleetwood Macone of the biggest acts in music history.

Miss McVie wrote and sang on some the band's biggest hits, including Don't Stop, Little Lies, Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun and Songbird.

Her genius and warm, soulful vocals helped to turn the one-time blues band into one of the most successful rock groups of all time, with more than 100million record sold worldwide.

Many of her songs featured on Rumours, their best-known work from 1977 which chronicled the group's drug use and affairs and is regularly cited as one of rock's greatest albums.

Cause of deathIt has now been confirmed the singer-songwriter died after a stroke, with her death certificate being seen by The Blast (L-R:John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Welch and Christine pictured in 1974)

Born Christine Perfect in the Lake District village of Bouth, Cumbria, in 1943, she grew up near Birmingham. She studied at art school and qualified as an art teacher – but instead became one of the few women involved in the British blues boom of the late 1960s, joining a band called Chicken Shack and also releasing a solo album. She married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie in 1968 and by 1970 was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac.

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When Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined drummer Mick Fleetwood and the McVies in 1974, the band's style was transformed, with Miss McVie, Nicks and Buckingham all contributing songs to their eponymous first album together and to Rumours, which sold more than 40million copies worldwide.

Further albums followed, including Tusk, Mirage and Tango in the Night. All three songwriters also released solo albums and in 1998 Miss McVie left Fleetwood Mac after the death of her father but eventually returned to tour alongside her bandmates in 2014.

Miss McVie's family announced her death yesterday adding: 'She passed away peacefully at hospital this morning following a short illness. She was in the company of her family.' 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.'

Her Fleetwood Mac bandmates said: 'There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie.

Fleetwood Mac released a joint statement, though Fleetwood and Nicks later posted their own personal messages on social media.

'This is a day where my dear sweet Friend Christine McVie has taken to flight and left us earthbound folks to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that 'song bird,' reminding one and all that love is all around us to reach for and touch in this precious life that is gifted to us,' Fleetwood wrote.

'Part of my heart has flown away today... I will miss everything about you Christine McVie. Memories abound... they fly to me. Mick Fleetwood.'

Nicks said she had not known McVie was ill until Saturday night, and had wanted to visit her in London.

'A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,' she wrote in a heartfelt post on Instagram.

'I didn't even know she was ill... until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to get to London - but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so I'm singing it to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day... It's all I can do now.'

Christine McVie, the co-lead vocalist and keyboardist of Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 79 following a 'short illness', her family have revealed

Her former bandmates said tonight they're devastated by the loss, describing her as 'the best friend anyone could have in their life'. (Pictured left to right,John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham)

McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 as a permanent member, and the band achieved even greater popularity with the addition of Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in the mid-1970s

Stevie Nicks shares moving tribute to her 'best friend' Christine McVie - as Fleetwood Mac keyboardist dies at 79: 'See you on the other side, my love'

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Nicks then shared lyrics to the song Hallelujah by Haim, handwritten, adding: 'See you on the other side my love. Don't forget me. Always, Stevie.'

British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac were founded in London in 1967 and sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful groups in history. Their best-known songs include Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.

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 Nicks.

Perhaps their best-known album, Rumours - released in 1977, became one of the best-selling 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 40million copies worldwide.

After a 15-year hiatus,she started to get the itch to perform again and reached out to Mick Fleetwood to propose a potential reunion

Overcome with emotion, Nicks delivered a second, more intimate eulogy just hours later, which reduced some fans to tears. In the handwritten letter, Nicks paid tribute to her 'best friend in the whole world, since the first day of 1975', noting she 'didn't even know she was ill until late Saturday night'

McVie opened up earlier this year about her 'thrilling' years in the band

She had a successful solo career and returned to the stage alongside her former bandmates in 2013 after a long 15-year hiatus

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A statement from the band on Twitter described McVie as 'truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure'.

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

'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.'

Singer-songwriter and keyboardist McVie penned Songbird, one of the band's most famous tracks, as well as You Make Loving Fun, Oh Daddy and Little Lies.

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor said McVie had 'radiated both purity and sass in equal measure'.

'So so sad to hear about Christine McVie, an artist I held dear and close to my heart,' Taylor posted from the band's account.

'One of the greatest all time songwriters, singers, and band members, she radiated both purity and sass in equal measure, bringing light to the music of the 70s. RIP. - John.'

Another tribute came from US musician Sheryl Crow, who wrote: 'I am so sad to hear of Christine McVie going on to heaven. The world feels weird without her here. What a legend and an icon and an amazing human being. RIP.'

In 1970, McVie released her first solo album, Christine Perfect, after her maiden name. In an interview this year, she told Uncut magazine: 'There's maybe a couple of good songs on it.'

It took McVie another 14 years to release a follow-up solo album - titled Christine McVie - before releasing another album In The Meantime in 2004.

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Bette Midler joined the chorus of devastated fans and celebrities paying tribute to McVie and offering condolences to her family and former bandmates today

In June this year, the singer-songwriter released another album titled Songbird, a collection of songs drawn from two of her previous solo albums. She was among the eight members of the band who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

McVie left the band in 1998 after almost three decades but re-joined in 2014 when a one-off appearance at the O2 reignited her love of performing.

At the time she told the Guardian: 'It was amazing, like I'd never left. I climbed back on there again and there they were, the same old faces on stage.'

Stevie Nicks shared a heartbroken statement to her own Twitter account this evening. Pictured:McVie and Nicks together in 1987

Fleetwood Mac described McVie asas 'the best friend anyone could have in their life'

In 2017, she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, revealing that she had retreated from the world and developed agoraphobia after she quit the band and moved from California to Kent.

McVie's death comes two years after Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green died at the age of 73.

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 30th 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.'


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