Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie dies at 79
Christine McVie with Fleetwood Mac performs at State Farm Arena on Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Atlanta. (Photo: AP)

British singer Christine McVie, a member of rock band Fleetwood Mac, died on Wednesday at age 79. Multiple reports say she passed away peacefully at hospital in the company of her family.

A statement issued on social media by McVie's family read: "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."

Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie, and joined the group in the early 1970s. She left Fleetwood Mac after 28 years in 1998 but returned in 2014.

She played keyboards and wrote some of the quintet's biggest hit songs but McVie was best known in Jamaica for leading Fleetwood Mac on I Wish You Were Here, a 1982 ballad that topped local charts for multiple weeks.

Another Fleetwood Mac song popular in Jamaica was Everywhere, from their 1987 album Tango in The Night. It was covered by Marcia Griffiths whose version, produced by Donovan Germain, made the Top 10 of the RJR Top 40 and JBC Radio One Top 30 charts.

Co-founders Mick Fleetwood and McVie, guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks are other members of the classic Fleetwood Mac line-up.

McVie was among eight members of the band inducted into the Rock &Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

She released three solo albums and scored hits with Got A Hold on Me, and Love Will Show us How.

Kevin Jackson

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