Fleetwood Mac's 'one-of-a-kind' Christine McVie dies as Stevie Nicks loses 'best friend'

Darcy Rafter December 1, 2022
Fleetwood Mac's 'one-of-a-kind' Christine McVie dies as Stevie Nicks loses 'best friend'
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Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has led a string of touching tributes to bandmate and “best friend” Christine McVie, who has passed away aged 79. Nicks shared online that she has lost a friend who was “one of a kind” and “talented beyond measure.”

Fleetwood Mac became one of the most legendary rock bands throughout the 1970s and 80s made up of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. 

McVie wrote some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits including Songbird, You Make Loving Fun, and Little Lies. In fact, eight of her songs appear on Fleetwood Mac’s 1988 Greatest Hits album.

Her former bandmates have shared loving tributes as they are devastated by the loss, let’s take a look at Stevie Nicks’ message.

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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘one-of-a-kind’ Christine McVie dies

Christine McVie, an essential member of Fleetwood Mac has sadly passed away. The singer and keyboard player made up one of the most revered rock bands but Christine tragically died after battling a short illness.

McVie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1998 but left the band after 28 years, not long after her father’s death. She went on to have a successful solo career before reuniting with her bandmates in 2013 after a 15-year break.

In a post on Facebook, McVie’s family wrote: “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.”

The statement concluded by asking everyone to remember the “revered musician who was loved universally” and for the family’s privacy to be respected at “this extremely painful time.”

Stevie Nicks shares loving tribute to late ‘best friend’

Bandmate and best pal, Stevie Nicks, paid tribute by sharing a touching handwritten note on social media: “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 revealed that she “didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night” and was desperate to get to her bedside.

Nicks went on: “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 in my head, over and over and over.

“I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing to her now. I always knew I would need these words one day.”

Nicks then wrote the lyrics to Hallelujah by Haim, a song about the death of their friend who passed in a tragic car accident. Stevie then signed off the heartfelt message: “See you on the other side my love. Don’t forget me. Always, Stevie.”

Stevie Nick’s also shared a tribute to Christine from Fleetwood Mac on Instagram which states: “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.

“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.”

Haim’s tribute and touching lyrics

Haim, whose song Hallelujah was quoted by Nicks in her tribute to McVie also shared a tear-jerking tribute: “We write this with tears in our eyes and all over our faces. The sisterhood Stevie and Christine had was so vital to us growing up.”

The US band concluded the message by reflecting on how Stevie and Christine’s friendship inspired them: “Seeing two strong women support each other in our favorite band has had such a huge impact on us throughout our lives … she has been a constant inspiration.”

Below are Haim’s lyrics that Stevie Nicks hand wrote out in honor of her best friend, Christine McVie.

I had a best friend

But she has come to pass

One I wish I could see now

You always remind me

that memories will last

These arms reach out

You were there to protect me

like a shield

Long hair running with me through the field….

Everywhere, You’ve been with me all along

Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah

Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah –

Why me? How’d I get this hallelujah

See you on the other sides

My Love?

Don’t forget me

Always,

Stevie

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Darcy is an experienced journalist working on GRV Media’s audience team across The Focus, Reality Titbit, and HITC. Darcy studied Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University and whilst there she completed a work internship with GRV Media. After gaining a first-class BA (Hons) degree, Darcy joined the team full-time. Since then she has become a social media specialist and her expertise lies in tracking trends. With five years of experience in media, she is particularly passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. When she’s not writing about The Kardashians, she’s binge-watching it!