McVie, who joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971, “passed away peacefully at hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness. She was in the company of her family,” read a statement.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” Fleetwood Mac added in a separate statement. “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.”
Fleetwood Mac bandmate Stevie Nicks paid tribute to her “best friend” in a handwritten letter shared to her Twitter, which included lyrics to Haim’s “Hallelujah”: “‘Why me? How’d I get this Hallelujah?'” she wrote. “See you on the other side, my love.”
On his own social media, the band’s Mick Fleetwood wrote: “My dear sweet friend Christine McVie has taken to flight.. and left us earthbound folks to listen to 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. Part of my heart has flown away today.. I will miss everything abut you.”
McVie’s legacy had a massive impact on fellow songwriters throughout generations. Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner described her as a “God damn legend” in a tweet shortly after news broke of her death, adding: “Every time I tried to write a classy synth line in the studio I’d always say I was trying to channel my inner Christine.”
Bethany Cosentino, a self-described “Christine girl for life,” wrote that McVie was “one of the best to ever do it.” MUNA kept their tribute short and sweet: “Christine forever,” they tweeted.
Meanwhile, members of Garbage shared in their own statement that they were “just gutted” to hear of McVie’s passing. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans concurred that she was “a brilliant musician and songwriter” with “a beautiful voice,” paying his respects with some clips of Fleetwood Mac live performances.
McVie influenced those in other corners of the entertainment industry, too: WTF podcast host Marc Maron said in a tweet that she was “one of the greatest rock voices ever. Both as a singer and songwriter.”
See more musician and celebrity reactions below.
— Fleetwood Mac (@fleetwoodmac) November 30, 2022
— Mick Fleetwood (@MickFleetwood) November 30, 2022
— Stevie Nicks (@StevieNicks) November 30, 2022
one of the nicest humans ever. https://t.co/S1lcJmrby7
— Dr. Love (@questlove) November 30, 2022
God damn legend. Every time I tried to write a classy synth line in the studio I’d always say I was trying to channel my inner Christine. I even got Craig a framed poster of her to hang in the studio over the keyboards. We’ll be listening to you all day queen.💛 pic.twitter.com/3xYrytFvX9
— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) November 30, 2022
Gutted to learn about the passing of Christine McVie. Just gutted.
Songbird forever. 🩸
— Garbage (@garbage) November 30, 2022
A beautiful voice and such a brilliant musician and songwriter too
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) November 30, 2022
Christine McVie died. One of the greatest rock voices ever. Both as a singer and songwriter. RIP.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) November 30, 2022
christine forever. https://t.co/yNCZSQ7MWy
— MUNA (@whereisMUNA) November 30, 2022
one of the best to ever do it 💔💔💔
I’m a Christine girl for life ❤️ pic.twitter.com/r5Q1qHLg7Q
— Bethany Cosentino (@BestCoast) November 30, 2022
— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) November 30, 2022
Christine McVie wrote the very best Fleetwood Mac songs. what a terrible loss. https://t.co/lPTRx5kWjg
— Tim Heidecker (Alive, Not A Parody At This Time) (@timheidecker) November 30, 2022
What a tremendous loss to the music community. My deepest condolences to the family, friends & fans of Christine McVie.
— Bret Michaels (@bretmichaels) November 30, 2022
thank you, songbird https://t.co/pQe1FnDXiu
— rob sheffield (@robsheff) November 30, 2022
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) November 30, 2022
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 https://t.co/nr6nfZ8rTM
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) November 30, 2022
Just now. Very sad. Very talented woman. https://t.co/GqjUjG1G7L
— 🕉🇺🇦Stevie Van Zandt☮️💙 (@StevieVanZandt) November 30, 2022
Well this is some pretty sad shitty news. Always loved her. Always loved her songs. Sing in power Christine🎤💔Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter, Dies at 79 https://t.co/bX3Bu56WpT via @varietyAdvertisement
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) November 30, 2022
She wrote such simple elemental powerful songs.
RIP Christine McVie, the heartbeat of Fleetwood Mac. pic.twitter.com/LQOWCVf8M8
— Low Cut Connie (@LowCutConnie) November 30, 2022
r.i.p CMcV. Incredible artist
— AZD (@ctress_a) November 30, 2022
— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) November 30, 2022
loved this song since childhood.
Christine McVie forever… 🕊️ https://t.co/6X8nWgz4PA
— Rostam (@matsoR) November 30, 2022
Thank you Christine McVie for all the wonderful music. Here’s a wonderful song of hers. What a legend! https://t.co/TurRnofpmJ
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) November 30, 2022
So so sad to hear about Christine McVie an artist I held dear and close to my heart. 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 pic.twitter.com/MkGqAD1wRVAdvertisement
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) November 30, 2022